While conservative media outlets have been demanding answers to questions on the attack on Benghazi for weeks, ABC news is now reporting that any link between Benghazi and the Petraeus scandal is merely conspiracy theory.
The Good Morning America website says:
We don’t know all the facts of why the FBI started investigating David Petraeus’ biographer and how it ultimately led to his resignation.
But a growing number of conservative commentators contend that the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus is more than simple amends made for a personal wrong.
Charles Krauthammer, the Fox News and Washington Post commentator, believes the Petraeus’ sex scandal is linked to a closed briefing that he gave two days after the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya.
It was announced Thursday that Petraeus would testify before House and Senate committees after an initial report that CIA Director Michael Morell would take his place.
ABC says that Krauthammer’s comments “seemed to imply” that Petraeus was lying “to save his skin” when he initially spoke before the House Intelligence Committee and said the attack was a spontaneous mob spurred by a video on Muslims.
While investigations into the attack and the scandal are ongoing, ABC stated, “At the time of his briefings, no one in the White House was aware of the FBI investigation into Petraeus’ relationship with Broadwell.”
Citing another conspiracy theory example, ABC commented on Judge Andrew Napolitano:
Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times Wednesday in which he said Petraeus was clearly forced to resign his post in an effort to keep him quiet.
“In the modern era, office-holders with forgiving spouses simply do not resign from powerful jobs because of a temporary, non-criminal, consensual adult sexual liaison, as the history of the FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ and Clinton presidencies attest. So, why is Gen. Petraeus different?” Napolitano wrote. “Someone wants to silence him.”
Napolitano offered no guesses as to what those pressuring Petraeus might be hoping to suppress.
See the entire report here.