The CIA has said Petraeus, who abruptly resigned last week over an extramarital affair with his married biographer, Paula Broadwell, wouldn’t testify because of his resignation. However, the retired four-star general will go before a House Committee at 7:30 a.m. to answer questions regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate that took the lives of four Americans, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.
Congressional lawmakers are conducting inquiries to understand what happened that day, if there were any lapses in security and how the assault was handled. The FBI is also conducting an investigation into the incident.
Friday’s hearing is expected to hinge on questions that Congressional Republicans have long been seeking answers to since an investigation found several security incidents in the months prior to the attack. The seeming inability to respond to the attack as it happened is also of concern, as well as why repeated requests for additional security were denied.
There was also speculation as to whether Petraeus’ sudden resignation was linked to the September attack. However, officials have said there is no connection. There were also concerns that Petraeus may have passed on classified information to Broadwell, but officials said no such thing happened.
Petraeus himself also admitted to HLN's Kyra Phillips that he had “engaged in something dishonorable” but insisted he “never passed classified information.”
"He said this has nothing to do with Benghazi, and he wants to testify. He will testify," Phillips said.