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Senate Intelligence chair: No link between Petraeus resignation and Benghazi [VIDEO]

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

In an appearance on this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein addressed questions surrounding David Petraeus’ resignation as CIA director on Friday.

Feinstein first ruled out any link between his resignation and September’s tragedy in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.

“On the events in Benghazi and his resignation, absolutely not,” Feinstein said. “And I think if you really think this thing out everybody will come to that same conclusion.”

Feinstein outlined how the upcoming hearing into the Benghazi tragedy will take place, including who the witnesses will be.

“With respect to calling Director Petraeus, or former director Petraeus before the committee, that will be a committee decision,” she continued. “The hearing will begin with the [director of national intelligence] Jim Clapper and Mike Morrell, who is now acting director of the CIA and Matt Olsen of the counterterrorism center.”

As for the prospects of Petraeus still appearing before her committee, she didn’t rule it out.

“We may well, and we may well ask,” Feinstein said when asked about the need for Petraeus to appear before the committee. “That’s up to committee. I think we need to have this first hearing, which is the way they wanted to set it up, then the committee will make the decision.”

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