US lawmaker suggests Obama 'may have known about Petraeus affair' before election

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 05:40 hrs

The head of the House Intelligence Committee has said President Barack Obama might have known about former CIA Director David Petraeus' extra-marital affair before the presidential election.

He said that Attorney General Eric Holder should address this question soon before Congress.

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican, said Holder's statement that the Justice Department had not informed the president before the election implied that Holder might have told Obama privately.

He noted that the FBI investigation of the communications between Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell started due to concern over a counter-intelligence threat.

According to the Daily Mail, both Petraeus and Broadwell have said they did not share any security secrets, and investigators have said they have not found any security breach.

"It probably should have been brought forward earlier as a national security threat," Rogers said.

"I'm not sure that the president was not told before Election Day. The attorney general said that the Department of Justice did not notify the president, but we don't know if the attorney general ... [notified him]," Rogers added.

He said that Holder should come before the intelligence committees to discuss it.

"We could resolve this very quickly with a conversation in the intelligence spaces if he did have that conversation with the president," he said.

According to the report, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein disagreed with Rogers claim, saying that Holder had explained to the intelligence committees there was no notification while the investigation was under way, the report added. (ANI)

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