Is WH threatening Petraeus into silence re: Benghazi?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Michael F. Haverluck (

A high-profile Republican on Capitol Hill is alleging that the White House is doing all it can to quell "devastating testimony" by a former CIA director about what happened the night of the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost two-and-a-half years ago that left four Americans dead.

A Closer LookThe chief witness in the Benghazi scandal, General David Petraeus (USA-Ret.), has been curiously silent during the investigation of the security breech in Libya that ended in the slayings of four Americans on September 11, 2012. One member of the U.S. House of Representatives contends the Obama administration is putting the pressure on Petraeus by holding his marital infidelity over his head.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who recently challenged John Boehner for his position as the Speaker of the House, is now charging President Barack Obama with keeping the former five-star general "on a leash" by using against him the legal problems he faces in his exposed adulterous affair, WND reports.

"We're not even getting to the people that really have the most direct information," Gohmert proclaimed on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, broadcasted on New York's AM 970 The Answer on Sunday. "Have you not wondered about Petraeus being so silent all this time?"

Gohmert alleges that the White House is keeping Petraeus from delivering "devastating testimony" that would bury the administration for its blatantly negligent handling of the escalating and forewarned security threat to the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that day — and subsequent cover-up. In the radio interview, Gohmert said the Obama administration has all the firepower it needs with the former CIA director's legal mess to keep him at bay.

Perfect timing for a White House cover-up?

Petraeus was director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time of the infamous Islamic terrorist attack on Americans in Benghazi. But just two months after the Benghazi scandal, Petraeus mysteriously resigned from that position. The reason the former general gave for his departure was a probe conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which revealed an extramarital affair in which he was involved.

Klein says that deeper investigations into Petraeus' adulterous relationship after his resignation have uncovered more "ammunition" for the Obama administration to use against the former CIA director.

"Since then, further investigations by the FBI and Justice Department have alleged Petraeus leaked classified documents to his mistress, prompting a recommendation felony charge be brought against him," WND's Klein reports. "So far, however, he has not been formally charged."

PetraeusCongressman Gohmert argued that the Obama administration, by coming up with more dirt to hold over Petraeus' head, is perfectly aligned to make sure the former military general keeps his mouth shut about what really took place around the Benghazi attacks. The lawmaker also insists that Petraeus is having his tongue tied to conceal information about the White House's series of deceptively altered "talking points" that it issued to cover itself after the massacre — which generated a considerable public backlash against the administration, condemning it for both its negligence before the killings and cover-up afterwards.

"They've got an investigation that has been pending all that time, and it's something they had known about for nearly a year and perhaps longer about the affair [Petraeus] had been having. But amazingly it doesn't come up until he is in a position to say exactly where the talking points came from and how they were changed by the White House or someone," Gohmert explained to WND's Klein. "He could have given very devastating testimony, and yet they've kept him on a leash and he's not come out and blasted the White House when we found out that those were not the talking points that came from the CIA."

Shortly after the Benghazi massacre took place, the Obama administration used talking points blaming the attacks against U.S. citizens on the creators of an anti-Muslim video posted online, which was titled "Innocence of Muslims." Touted by the media for some time as being the instigator of the Muslim massacre, it soon became evident that the video was merely used as a scapegoat and a diversion by the White House to draw attention away from the fact that it failed to act on the warnings it had received of the pre-mediated attacks. It was later discovered through investigations that there were in fact no protests over the video, which had no bearing on the attack that was slated to take place on that date for some time.

The Benghazi attacks were orchestrated and carried out by Islamic militants, who killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. The Obama administration was the first since Jimmy Carter's (in 1979) to suffer the killing of a U.S. ambassador on its watch. A second jihadist strike occurred just a few hours later on that Sept. 11, 2012, evening, resulting in the deaths of Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, two CIA contractors who were maliciously slain a mile away at a different compound. Besides the four brutal murders carried out during the attacks, ten others were wounded.

Come again …

Gohmert's latest line of speculations aimed at the White House's dealing with Petraeus regarding his extramarital affair comes just weeks after his earlier charges about Obama using his infidelity to his administration's advantage. WND points to the Texas representative's inquiry that he made at the beginning of the year.

"This administration knows that General Petraeus has information that would virtually destroy any credibility that the administration might still have nationally and internationally," Gohmert declared earlier this month. "So what else would this administration do but leave over his head for over a year-and-a-half the threat We're going to prosecute you, so you'd better keep your mouth shut?"

Gohmert argues that the Obama administration's Benghazi cover-up should go down in history as one of the most successful smoke-and-mirrors tactics ever pulled off in the White House.

"That's where we are now in America," Gohmert concluded. "It may have been the kind of administration Richard Nixon dreamed of, but he knew he could never get there."


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