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NewsBreakerNov 15 '12

Host @DavidBegnaud delivers breaking news and today's trending buzz in 45 seconds. Former CIA Director David Petraeus, in conversations with HLN's Kyra Phillips, said his resignation had nothing to do with his scheduled testimony about the September attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Petraeus has been speaking with Phillips since last week. Phillips relayed details of those conversations to Robin Meade via telephone on HLN's Morning Express earlier today.  Robin Meade: Tell me about the nature of your conversations.

Kyra Phillips: I do have some new information. Let me say first Robin... it's been really disappointing and shocking to learn about this. I think even more so shocking because this is somebody of great discipline and great leadership and I never, ever expected, of all the men and women I know in uniform, this is an individual that I never would have expected this to happen [with].

With that said, you know, in our first conversation, he had told me he had engaged in something dishonorable. He sought to do the honorable thing in response and that was to come forward. He was very clear that he screwed up terribly -- it was all his fault -- even that he felt fortunate to have a wife who is far better than he deserves. Obviously he's taking it really hard. He knows he made a big mistake. He does want to move forward making things work with his family. He doesn't want to throw 37 years out the window with his wife.