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White House pushed for private briefings from Petraeus.

Yesterday, White House spokesperson Gordon Johndroe claimed it “has always been our intention” to have Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testify publicly about their September Iraq report. Today, Greg Sargent uncovers that the White House has been pushing for a private briefing for months. A statement from the House Foreign Affairs Committee explains:

Administration officials told senior Congressional staff in early July that they preferred to have Ambassador Crocker and General Petraeus testify in closed session before the entire House of Representatives, rather than in open hearings.

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