The sex, lies and emails surrounding Petraeus’ CIA career won’t be a topic of discussion as he testifies.
As for his pending scandal however, lawmakers are digging into the tangled tale of emails that exposed an extramarital affair and led investigators to another questionable relationship between a Florida socialite and the general commanding the war in Afghanistan.
Their main question: Was national security threatened?
As reported by the Associated Press:
President Barack Obama is expected to make his first comments on the widening scandal Wednesday, during a postelection news conference at the White House.
Obama had hoped to use the afternoon news conference, his first since his re-election, to build support for his economic proposals heading into negotiations with lawmakers on the so-called fiscal cliff. But the scandal could overshadow his economic agenda this week, derail plans for a smooth transition in his national security team and complicate war planning during a critical time in the Afghanistan war effort.
Petraeus had been scheduled to testify this Thursday on the burgeoning controversy over the Libya terror attack in the mist of his scandal.