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Sen. Dianne Feinstein on FBI Investigation, Petraeus Affair: "We Should Have Been Told"

Last week’s resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus after it was revealed that he had an extramarital affair has sparked many questions. One of those pressing issues is whether or not he will be called to testify at a hearing about the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Chris Wallace sat down for an exclusive interview with Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Fox News Sunday.

Sen. Feinstein told Wallace that it’s up to the committee, but the first hearing will go on as scheduled before they make that decision. Feinstein also said she didn’t think President Obama should’ve accepted Petraeus’ resignation at first, but as more details came to light, she now says he did the right thing.

Wallace asked her about the revelation that the affair was discovered by the FBI after they found threatening messages the mistress, Paula Broadwell, was sending to a woman whom she regarded as a threat to her relationship with Petraeus. Feinstein commented, “I just hate to discuss it, except to say there are a number of things that one has to consider. The first of which, was there any kind of national security breach. To date, there was not.”


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She doesn’t believe there is a link between the resignation and Benghazi. Sen. Feinstein says she was never told by the FBI or the administration that there was an investigation into Petraeus going on, and that she first heard about it from inquiries by the media. Feinstein said, “We received no advanced notice. It was like a lightning bolt.” She added, "We should have been told."

As a senator and the chairwoman, Feinstein said she’s most concerned about the hundreds of pages of information that indicated the personnel in Benghazi were not properly protected and why those warnings were not heeded.

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