Krauthammer on Petraeus’ Benghazi Testimony: Was He Influenced by the Fact That He Knew His Fate Was Held by Obama Administration?
The Special Report panel further delved into the sex scandal surrounding General Petraeus Tuesday night. According to Charles Krauthammer, the most shocking revelation of the day was that Petraeus thought and hoped he could keep his job.
Krauthammer said that indicates that Petraeus clearly understood that the FBI knew details of his extramarital affair, yet was hoping administration officials would not disclose the information. He said, “That meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.”
That brings the case back to Petraeus’ September 13 testimony on the Benghazi attack. Krauthammer said, “Here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its hands and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of Defense had said the day before, at variance with what you’d heard from the station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people in the administration at that time?”
Later in the show, Krauthammer charged that the information was held over Petraeus' head. "As long as they needed him to give the administration line ... everybody was silent. And as soon as the election is over, as soon as he can be dispensed with, the sword drops him and he is destroyed. Can you imagine what it's like to be on the pressure? To think it didn't distort in some way unconsciously influence his testimony? That is hard to believe," he said.