In a Sunday interview with Fox News, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein dismissed the possibility that CIA director David Petraeus’ resignation is connected to the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. But she is not will to dismiss Petraeus’ involvement in the Libya incident.
On MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Monday, Feinstein suggested that Petraeus made an unpublicized visit to Libya after the Sept. 11 attack. The California Democratic senator accused the Obama intelligence community of withholding a report about the trip and threatened a subpoena if the White House continued to resist her committee’s inquiries.
“The premise is not necessarily an investigation,” Feinstein said, speaking of an investigation into Petraeus. “The premise is to see exactly what happened. I believe that Director Petraeus made a trip to the region, shortly before this became public. I believe that there is a trip report. We have asked to see the trip report. One person tells me he has read it, and then we tried to get it and they tell me it hasn’t been done. That’s unacceptable. We are entitled to this trip report, and if we have to go to the floor of the Senate on a subpoena, we will do just that.”
Host Andrea Mitchell asked Feinstein for clarification, and Feinstein explained that trip would include “relevant information.”
“Yes,” she replied. “For the very reason that it may have some very relevant information to what happened in Benghazi.”