CNN Headline News Anchor Kyra Phillips phoned in to the network’s morning news program on Thursday to relay a series of conversations she had with former CIA director and military commander David Petraeus since he resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair.
What began as simply a scandal of infidelity has since ballooned into a full-scale inquiry into whether or not classified documents were illegally divulged to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer and alleged mistress.
“He has insisted to me that he has never passed classified information to Paula Broadwell, and as long as I have known him he has never waivered on classified information ever,” Phillips told anchor Robin Meade. Phillips says she has known Petraus for years.
Phillips said Petraus also spoke about the timing of his resignation, dismissing the right-wing conspiracy theory that his departure is somehow related to a cover up over September’s deadly attack in Libya:
“He has said this has nothing to do with Benghazi, and he wants to testify, he will testify. He has maintained to me all along that this was a personal failing…He has made it very clear that [his resignation] was about an extramarital affair and not over classified information or Benghazi.”
Petraeus is scheduled to appear before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Friday to answer questions about the timeline of events in Benghazi and what the CIA did and did not request from the State Department.