Skip to comments.Rep. Trey Gowdy: Either Petraeus Will Testify Voluntarily Over Benghazi or We Will Subpoena Him
Posted on 11/10/2012 11:24:29 AM PST by Former Fetus
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Friday vowed to subpoena outgoing CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus if he wont testify voluntarily about the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Gowdy said that while he regretted the personal ramifications of Petraeus sudden resignation over an extramarital affair, it would not stop Congress from hearing from him about the assault on the consulate that left four Americans dead.
The fact that hes resigned and had an affair has nothing to do with whether or not hes gonna be subpoenaed to Congress, Gowdy said on Fox News On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. I hope we dont have to subpoena a four-star general and the former CIA director, I hope he would come voluntarily, but if he wont he will be subpoenaed and none of what has happened today is a defense to a subpoena.
The CIA has come under sharp scrutiny in the wake of the Benghazi attacks. Petraeus had been slated to testify Thursday at closed congressional hearings before the House and Senate intelligence committees, but acting CIA Director Michael Morell is now expected to take his place.
Theres no way we can get to the bot of Benghazi without David Petraeus, Gowdy said. While he might not be around next week because hes got personal matters, the week after that and the week after that, this excuse will run stale.
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Doesn’t matter if they subpoena him or not. If the CIA doesn’t clear Petraeus’s testimony, it’ll be a whole lot of “I can’t comment on that question/statement.”
I’d like to know if his statements back in September blaming the video were coerced by the 0bama regime.
Exactly. His entire testimony will be nothing but, “I’m afraid I can’t comment on that particular issue. However, I did see ‘Skyfall’ over the weekend; anyone care to talk about that?”
You’re exactly right. He’s now a civilian, a former CIA employee, and anything he can say has to be cleared by the Agency first.
have him testify on the threat that We The People of the US will have him castrated if he refuses to do so. Hey if they (Us Government) want Sharia Law than lets give them the equivalent Sharia Law or sometimes better kown as Old Testament Law. Let’s utilize on politicians and government imbeciles as the guinea pigs. see how it works on the few and the proud idiots that cannot abide by the Rule of Law.
Wouldn’t a grant of immunity cover that ?
I don’t know about Trey Gowdy’s job performance record for your state but, from afar, I sure like the guy. I could listen to him talk all day long... hopefully his talk comes with bare knuckle action.
So, on a side note, who do you think ends up running the Farm? The current temp director, or does Obama make a new pick?
And who will that new pick be?
I’ll go with.......HIllary Clinton!!
Place yer bets, boys and girls!!
Doesn’t his resignation allow him to say more, not less? Aren’t the restrictions off of him?
“Youre exactly right. Hes now a civilian, a former CIA employee, and anything he can say has to be cleared by the Agency first.”
As well as, “On the advice of my attorney I respectfully decline to answer that question on the grounds that it may incriminate me.”
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters On Petraeus: “Timing Is Just Too Perfect”
LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: The timing is just too perfect for the Obama administration. Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th. Now its purely coincidence that this affair — extra-marital affair — surfaces right after the election, not before, but right after, but before the intelligence chiefs go to Capitol Hill to get grilled. As an old intelligence analyst, Neil, the way I read this — I could be totally wrong, this is my interpretation — is that the administration was unhappy with Petraeus not playing ball 100% on their party-line story. I think it’s getting cold feet about testifying under oath on their party-line story. And I suspect that these tough Chicago guys knew about this affair for a while, held it in their back pocket until they needed to play the card.
I don’t like conspiracy theories, I may be totally wrong, but the timing of this, again, right after the election and right before Petraeus is supposed to get grilled on Capitol Hill, it’s really smells.
That’s what I’m thinking. Somebody was holding his affair over his head and he broke clean. He now has the ability to say whatever he wants. This is a closed door interrogation.
Not so fast. He can be called back to active duty as a 4 star general and ordered to testify. He is “not just a civilian” as a retired 4 star. I bet he wants to testify.
That’s a hell of a good question, I must admit.
Is it even possible to give a CIA agent immunity (current or former)?
My gut tells me this ends up with the CIA basically telling any Congressional investigative committee to go f*** itself and the proceed to stonewalling. End of story.
There is an alternative....closed-door, off-the-record hearings, with the testimony classified as “National Security” and all those involved forbidden to publicly disclose the results under penalty of law. That’s actually a distinct possibility.
They could have him testify in private and then redact his testimony.
“Not so fast. He can be called back to active duty as a 4 star general and ordered to testify. He is not just a civilian as a retired 4 star. I bet he wants to testify.”
I hope that you are right. But, WHO calls him back? Do you think that Obunghole would let that happen?
Let me re-phrase that, would Jarrett let that happen?
Petraeus fell on his sword for his CIC. Good luck with getting him to testify against his boss.
I don’t think immunity is the issue. The CIA would cite “national security” as an excuse for not allowing him to reveal classified information. That excuse would not work in a closed session, but then we the general public would not learn what happened.
I think it is clear that the regime waited until after the election and then started the purge. They now have a choice position with which they can reward one of their loyalists. The larger question now is: What will Petraeus say in his testimony? I think they need to have a closed session and ensure he can discuss classified, otherwise he may not be able to say much. That may be what the 0bama regime is counting on.
Congressional Committee...secret session...grant of immunity = he testifies fully or he's held in contempt of Congress.
I liked Mr. Gowdy’s visit on Greta the other night. So far he was the only one who’s explicitly stated that Petraeus will testify, voluntarily or not. Many other Republicans who have spoken on the matter use phrases like “He really needs to,” or “We would like him to,” leading me to think they’re eventually going to fold as usual.
Here’s what really bothers me, though, and I’m hoping somebody can reassure me. I don’t think I can think of a flimsier excuse for Petraeus to resign (as Peter King said on Fox this morning, looking back through our history as a nation were Eisenhower, FDR or MacArthur forced to resign for extramarital affairs?), yet that’s exactly what this administration expects us to believe.
As thoroughly corrupt and unfailingly evil as Hillary and He Who Shall Not Be Named and their ilk are, they’re not stupid. It makes me think they know some technicality we don’t that will preclude Petraeus from testifying, and it’s precisely how these disgusting lawyer types weasel out of consequences every time.
What about Hillary? Has she been invited?
Either way works for me.
I really like Trey Gowdy. He’s tough and doesn’t sound like he will roll over for the Muslim in the WH.
What a lot of people are overlooking here is that this all really comes down to Petraeus, not the CIA or the Obama White House. They can come up with any reason they’d like to keep him from testifying, but if he willingly goes and testifies — most likely under immunity — he can sing like a canary and there isn’t much they can do about it.
He will testify. He needs to find safety and protection for his family FIRST, they are in danger. He needs to seek this protection from Congress.
Once his family is secured, and if he lives long enough. He will Testify. JMO
Chaffetz as well.
H.R. Halderman..John Erlichman..John Mitchell all tried that once in Watergate. They all went to prison. C.I.A. director or not, you cant lie to congress under oath. Whether from the top or not, this will come out. There are 2 stories here..the attack itself..plus the coverup. There’s an article of Impeachment in somebodies future...”abuse of power”
Any chance Trey will challenge Light In The Loafers Graham?
Hopefully, if he testifies, he will do so with an acute awareness of duty, honor, country, history and eternity as his guides.
The upcoming hearings will be a farce. I can already tell you what’s going
To happen. It will be very similar to a move I watched.
This movie movie was about the Jewish resistance in Poland.
This movement killed some German solders.
The Germans rounded a bunch of them up and threatened to kill one
Of the resistance members if no one stepped forward to take responsibility.
No one stepped forward and the Germans killed one.
The Germans then threatened to kill another one if the did not name the
Person responsible for killing the Germans. When the Germans asked
Again, they all pointed to the dead resistance fighter.
All of the hacks, like Susan Rice, Hillary etc will point to Betrayus as the
Source of the video lies. And since Betrayus is no longer CIA Director,
Ne may not be allowed to dicuss classified information.
A farce is coming. The dumb GOP should have put all of them under oath
Before the elections.
Chaffetz, yes... I like him as well. People that can’t stand up and fight, should have never been allowed to enter the ring.
If you’ve had access to CLASSIFIED material, when you leave the position that gave you access, you are debriefed. The standard verbage generally says something to the effect “ you are not allowed to discuss anything unless specifically permitted to do so”. That is why the committee needs to evaluate the situation and how they approach his testimony. If they don’t do that, then they will likely end up with no answers from him.
Love that guy!! He is a hottie too....lol!
The house can easily remedy that. Tell the CIA, if Betrayus is not allowed
To dicuss classified information, the House will cut funding.
Do I think Bonehead and Cantor have the guts or will? No.
After all, Bonehead and Cantor are to busy now working another
Grand Bargain with Obama to screw us again.
Bill Maher or Rosie O'Donnell.
ROFL hahahahaha.......I'm to old to remember "hottie". rofl
If I weren't so old, I would say, YEAH... Definately a MAN.
lol. Need some Ice water?..lol
Chaffetz said last night had had just learned Hillary will be “unavailable” next week.
You are pretty close. For me the key to Petraeus testimony is this.
If he turns up dead, then it was known that he was going to spill the beans.
If he lives to testify then nothing worthwhile will come out of it.
Why can’t they put BO and Hillary under oath? Why are they protected?
Love Gowdy. He kicked butt in the hearings.
'It's better to die a hero than live a coward': Father of Navy SEAL who died in Benghazi raid launches blistering attack on Obama....
""Better to die a hero than live a Coward""......
Pay attention General. I feel you are that type of man, your soiled but redeemable. Regain you self respect, duty requires it.
If he lives to testify then nothing worthwhile will come out of it.""""""".....
Good points: also though: If he lives, someone gave him some good protection.....hoping this is the case. He seems to be the key to unlock this whole debacle.
as of now...its only in the “oversight” committee.As more of this comes out...as more people “flip”..then a “select committee” to investigate will be formed..then the fun will really start..supoenas will fly. From what im seeing, the entire top tier of this administration is involved in this. Get ya popcorn.
One thing I have penned down. The first person to mention the film, was Petraeus, when he first testified. From that point on, the president and Hillary and UN Rice were stuck on the film.
Trying to predict from here what will happen is useless. The congressmen in House and Senate will hold their hearings and they know what to do with Petraeus as they know the law regarding testifying and will follow that to get Petraeus testimony.
I have to believe that Petraeus is an honorable man who will tell the truth no matter what that means to him or the president or Hillary or Rice or anyone else involved.
Until his testimony is released to the public, I have no opinion what happened in Benghazi to cause the death of our men as I think his testimony is the beginning of the truth that will unlock the rest.