McCain: Petraeus would be ‘very important witness’ on Benghazi

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Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said at a press conference Wednesday that the Benghazi attack cut across the jurisdictions of the Armed Services, Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committees, and a Select Committee was necessary to talk to administration officials in all three agencies.

That included former CIA Director David Petraeus, who has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session on Benghazi.


“I’d like to ask General Petraeus some questions,” Graham said.

McCain said that Petraeus would be a “very important witness for a Select Committee.”

The three senators, who all sit on the Armed Services Committee, first raised the idea of a Select Committee earlier this month, and are officially introducing a resolution for its formation Wednesday.

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