Former CIA Director David Petraeus was kept away from the media when he faced politicians over the attack on the US Consulate in Libya – just one week after he resigned over an affair.
The retired four-star Army general, one of the country’s most respected military leaders, was brought before the House Intelligence Committee and then its Senate counterpart through a network of underground hallways leading to a secure room.
Gen Petraeus is under investigation by the CIA over claims his affair compromised security, though that wasn’t the subject of the closed-door hearings in Washington.
Republicans claim White House misled the public over the September 11 attack in Benghazi, which killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.
Lawmakers have been interviewing top intelligence and national security officials in trying to determine what the intelligence community knew.