Columnist Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the ongoing saga surrounding Gen. David Petraeus and his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. In an appearance on Fox News’s “Special Report,” he said that he believes the Obama administration held the affair over the former CIA leader’s head.
Whether this action on the behalf of officials was intentional of not, Krauthammer argued that the ex-general knew that his fate was in the administration’s hands. Thus, his testimony on September 13 may have been impacted by this overarching ideal (he reportedly told intelligence officials at the time that he believes the Benghazi, Libya, terror attack was spontaneous and not pre-planned).
Below, find a transcript of the commentator’s views on the matter, as compiled by Newsbusters:
“I think the really shocking news today was that General Petraeus thought and hoped he could keep his job. He thought that it might and it would be kept secret, and that he could stay in his position. I think what that tells us is really important. It meant that he understood that the FBI obviously knew what was going on. He was hoping that those administration officials would not disclose what had happened, and therefore hoping that he would keep his job. And 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.
And that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. The reason it’s important is 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 he’d heard from his 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 within the administration at that time?”
Watch Krauthammer’s comments, below: