Congress to Grill Spy Chiefs Over Petraeus Probe
Fresh reports piled pressure on FBI and CIA officials on Nov. 12 to explain the circumstances and timing of an investigation that ended the storied career of spy chief David Petraeus just three days after President Barack Obama’s re-election.
Petraeus, an American hero credited with turning the tide of the Iraq War, resigned as head of the CIA on Nov. 9 after admitting an extramarital affair, sparking concerns of a security breach and sending shockwaves around Washington.
A leading Republican on Nov. 11 questioned why, if there were serious concerns about compromised intelligence, it had taken several months for the FBI to finally notify the Obama administration.
“It just doesn’t add up,” Rep. Peter King of New York, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, told CNN. “I have real questions about this. I think a timeline has to be looked at and analyzed to see what happened.”
The questions were expected to multiply following a New York Times report Nov. 12 that high-level officials at the FBI and the Justice Department had known about Petraeus’ affair since late summer but did not notify anybody outside of the agencies until last week.