Petraeus doesn't discuss affair during congressional testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers who heard from former CIA Director David Petraeus today say he didn't discuss the extramarital affair that led him to resign last week -- except in passing.

They say he expressed regret about the circumstances of his departure. And he told them that his decision to resign had nothing to do with the controversy over the way the Obama administration portrayed the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in September that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others.

Petraeus today was delivering his first testimony on Capitol Hill since his resignation.

With reporters and photographers staking out most approaches, Petraeus was taken through a network of underground hallways into a secure hearing room for the testimony. Police closed down entire corridors of the Capitol.

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244-w-36-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Senator Saxby Chambliss, ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee)--The former head of the CIA spent several hours briefing lawmakers about the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (16 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO VALA101: Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, right, followed by security agents, enters his home in Arlington, Va., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, after testifying on Capitol Hill before closed-door sessions of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 attack of the US embassy in Libya. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) (16 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DCCO128: A Capitol Hill police officer stops people from entering a hallway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov, 16, 2012, near where the Senate Intelligence Committee was holding a closed-door hearing where former CIA Director David Petraeus testified on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Libya. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (16 Nov 2012)

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