'This Week' Transcript: Sens. Patty Murray, Saxby Chambliss; Powerhouse Roundtable

THOMAS: The FBI investigation is largely done and the early evidence is that there will not be criminal charges. Again, sources say this devolved into a personal matter. The FBI informed senior intelligence officials last week who later told the White House Petraeus had been confronted in the last couple of weeks. As for the timing of disclosure, one official said that's just how it played out, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: OK, Pierre Thomas, thanks very much.

Let's turn to the vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee Senator Saxby Chambliss and Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership. Thanks to you both for joining us.

And Senator Chambliss, let me begin with you, as vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee, when did you first find out about this investigation of General Petraeus? And what were you told?

CHAMBLISS: Well, I was not told about it until Friday. You know, the intelligence community became aware of it on Tuesday, actually, late afternoon on Tuesday. And then, by the time it sifted through the appropriate channels, through the White House, we were told on Friday.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you know, one of your colleagues, Congressman Peter King, chairman of homeland security committee in the House, says that the FBI director had an obligation to go to the White House and inform the relevant authorities earlier. Do you agree with that?

CHAMBLISS: Well, listen, David Petraeus is a great leader, a great patriot, and he is a guy who has probably contributed more to the safety of the United States of America over the last decade than any single individual. And he's a good leader. And what leaders do when they're put in a difficult position is, they lead. And he led here by doing what he thought was the right thing. And I think he did do the right thing. I don't think there's any question.

But what -- it would have been very difficult to continue in his position if he had subordinates who might have engaged in similar activity, how would he deal with that?

So I know that was his thought process. And at the end of the day he did do the right thing and of course the president did the right thing to accept his resignation.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Two more quick questions then I want to move on to Senator Murray. Was General Petraeus straight with you and the committee during the confirmation process? Generally there's a vetting that asks these kinds of questions before someone is confirmed as CIA director?

And I know that he's not going to appear before your committee now next week to discuss the who situation in Benghazi, do you want to hear from him at some point?

CHAMBLISS: Well, you know, he and I have already had a conversation. You know, he's trying to put his life back together right now and that's what he needs to focus on. His very capable deputy Morrell, Mike Morrell, is going to be testifying next Thursday. That's fine, because he certainly was there when all of the decisions for made relative to Benghazi.

But at the end of the day, I would not rule out General Petraeus being called to testify. That still could happen at some point in time.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you're confident he told the truth to the committee during his confirmation hearings?

CHAMBLISS: Oh absolutely I am. I don't know the exact date when all of this process began and what took place there, but we're -- we're confident that David Petraeus was very straight up with us during the confirmation hearings.

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