Lawmakers Calling for Answers in Petraeus' Investigation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus' biographer and girlfriend that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack.

During a talk last month at the University of Denver, author Paula Broadwell said the CIA had detained people at a secret facility in Benghazi, and the attack on the U.S. Consulate there was an effort to free those prisoners.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order in January 2009 stripping the CIA of its authority to take prisoners. The move means the CIA can no longer operate secret jails across the globe as it had done under the administration of President George W. Bush.

CIA spokesman Preston Golson said "any suggestion that the agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless."


The heat is turning up in Congress, after the sudden resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.

House and Senate members from both parties want to know more details of the FBI's investigation into Patraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairperson Diane Feinstein says she had no advance notice and the scandal hit like a lightning bolt.

Patraeus' affair with Paula Broadwell is set to be the subject of meetings Wednesday between Congressional Intelligence Committee leaders and top FBI and CIA officials.

The affair was discovered when the FBI investigated harassing emails sent by Broadwell to a second woman. A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman as Jill Kelly, who serves as an unpaid social liaison to Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Petraeus was scheduled to testify before Congress Thursday about the fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Acting CIA Director Michael Morell is set to take his place, but congressional leaders haven't ruled out calling Petraeus anyway.

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