Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Two'fer Coverup

The lede in a Daily Mail story covering the affair CIA chief General David Petraeus had with Paula Broadwell was carefully fashioned:
“President Obama faced allegations of a major political cover-up last night over the resignation of CIA chief General David Petraeus, who had an affair with a married woman.

“Congress is expected to investigate claims that the affair was hushed up to protect Obama’s re-election campaign.”

The “cover-up” is a two’fer: Congress is now investigating both the failure of the White House to extract ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens from a compound under siege by terrorists and the Petraeus affair. Both Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have declined to make an appearance before a congressional committee investigating the terrorist raid on the consulate in Benghazi, and in both cases a White House cover-up has been intimated.

Neither of the two Democrats newly elected to Connecticut’s all Democrat Congressional delegation, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, have been asked whether they think the national legislature they will be joining should subpoena Clinton and Petraeus to testify before the relevant congressional committees.
The remaining Democrats serving in Connecticut's congressional delegation  -- outgoing U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and U.S. Representatives John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes -- have not addressed the questions either:  1) Was President Barack Obama's White House covering up information on both scandals until the national election had been concluded? and 2) Should the Congress subpoena both Clinton and Petraeus to testify before the body in which the Democratic congressmen serve?
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