http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200705/POL20070503c.html Defense Official Contradicts Murtha Claim that Petraeus Didn't 'Talk to Any of Us' By Mark Finkelstein CNSNews.com Correspondent May 03, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) this week criticized Gen. David Petraeus for not meeting with members of Congress during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., to report on the status of operations in Iraq, but not only did the commander of Multinational Force - Iraq meet with hundreds of lawmakers, he personally briefed Murtha himself. Murtha told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday, "They bring Petraeus back - purely political move. Petraeus comes back here. He doesn't talk to any of us. He only talks to the news media and so forth trying to sell this program." But a senior Defense Department official told Cybercast News Service that Petraeus personally briefed Murtha and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an April 24 phone conference that lasted 20-30 minutes. The following day, Petraeus conducted two 90-minute, top-secret level operations intelligence briefings for representatives and senators.