Holder in hot water yet again thanks to #Petraeus affair scandal

Posted by: ST on November 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Via Fox News:

Attorney General Eric Holder was notified in late summer that then-CIA Director David Petraeus’ name had surfaced in the FBI probe that ultimately uncovered Petraeus’ affair, raising questions about whether Holder would have — or should have — informed President Obama.

According to the administration’s version of events, the president did not find out about the situation until last Thursday. At the time that Holder was notified, months earlier, many details were still unknown. Petraeus himself was not interviewed until the fall. And according to one source, it is long-standing FBI policy for the FBI not to brief Congress or the White House in the middle of a criminal probe that does not involve a security threat.

However, several lawmakers and other officials say the mere fact that Petraeus was flagged in an investigation should have been reason enough to kick the issue up from the Justice Department to the White House.

“He was the director of the CIA, not Fish & Wildlife. The implications are massive,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told FoxNews.com in an email. Chaffetz said the heads of the House and Senate intelligence committees should have been looped in. “Notification should have also gone to the president — immediately,” Chaffetz said.

Top congressional lawmakers, including the leaders of key committees, have raised concerns that they weren’t notified earlier.

But John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under the George W. Bush administration, said the bigger question surrounds whether the White House was notified.

“The idea that the White House didn’t learn of this potential problem until Election Day, I just find incomprehensible. Did the attorney general sit on this information for two months?” he asked. Bolton said it raises the question “of whether the information was suppressed.”

The Justice Department declined to comment for this story.

And rest assured that they’ll continue to “decline comment” and stonewall on this as it relates to Congressional inquiries long as they can,  just like they have on the Benghazi murders.  Of course, the issues of the Broadwell/Petraeus affair and Benghazi intersect, and many of the questions Congress should have about both are similar in nature. Who knew what and when, and why was it kept from the public?

It’s interesting that in 2008, then-Senator Obama campaigned heavily on how he would preside over the most “open and accountable” administration in US history.  Notice how we didn’t hear much on that at all this campaign season.  No oft-repeated promises of  “transparency and responsibility” to the American people he has now been elected twice to lead.

And we know why most of the movers and shakers in this administration have not been very forthcoming with on-the-record answers, don’t we?  They weren’t BEFORE the election for obvious reasons.  But in the coming months, with the stress of an election year  and having to “stand by their guy”, perhaps a few brave souls will have the guts to speak out and the truth will once and for all be told.

I wouldn’t hold my breath on it, though.

Demand accountability now.  Contact your House rep and Senate reps and let them know how you feel.

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14 Responses to “Holder in hot water yet again thanks to #Petraeus affair scandal”


  1. The infatuation Broadwell had for Petraeus was thinly veiled in her biography of him, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus”. It was hard to miss. There are so many theories and so much countervailing logic involved in this soap opera only one thing is certain. Petraeus was porking Broadwell.

  2. BBHunter says:

    – Info has leaked from inside sources to FOX news that the CIA was using the annex as a prison/interrogation cell. Three Libyan militants, possibly some other prisoners from N. Africa and/or the ME, and those same sources say that inside the agency its believed the attack on the Consulate was initiated to try to get those prisoners back.

    – So that offhand remark by Broadwell at the conference a few days back is looking real.

    – CIA and Justice are not responding to questions.

    – The drip, drip, drip of BenghaziGate.

  3. LCVRWC says:

    I realized something this AM while listening to the local radio station on my way to work: This is another one of Obama’s wag-the-dog moments, and the mainstream media is (as usual) helping the delegator-in-chief distract the nation from the real issues by keeping this in the news. Back when Clinton was jumping on anything that moved, all we heard was, “It’s only sex, get over it.” But with an economy in ruins and about to get worse…well, this sex scandal was just in time to get people thinking about something else.

  4. ST says:

    Great point, LC.

  5. Charlotte says:

    It’s just smoke and mirrors, smoke and mirrors for this administration time after time.

    Do they even KNOW the truth?

    We have 4 of our brave Americans dead in Benghazi, but the only thing that the stoopid media carries is the news of Gen. Patraus’s affair. COME ON.

    They will muddy the waters over and over again because it works. EVERY TIME.

    OTOH, it is getting to be such a circus, it’s almost laughable. Quick, look over there…squirrel. While I don’t think it will ever happen, it would be interesting to have a special prosecutor appointed to investigate, however, the WH doesn’t want the truth to come out. Period.

  6. Carlos says:

    As was pointed out on “The Factor” last night, it’s a little scary that the director of the CIA couldn’t keep this whole thing a secret?

    But I suspect this has all become public because Obhammud was becoming nervous about whether Petraeus was a loyal soldier, and had this info for a time, waiting for the right time to use it.

    It’s also my guess that the admin has even more damaging info against Petraeus, and that’s why he’s not talking any more and not going to testify. If Petraeus really was a “stand-up” guy, he’d go to the hearings, spill all the info about who and when, and save at least a shred of his honor.

  7. CaMom says:

    Obama and his administration are trying to systematically discredit out military, from the top down. Anyone who thinks the timing of the release of this information is ‘coincidental’ is dillusional… This has been a very well planned and orchestrated ‘reveal’ – All designed to make the public lose confidence in our military, and to take any blame for the Benghazi massacre away from Obama. Blaming the attacks on some obscure film maker’s amateurish video about mohammad didn’t seem to be working, so “let’s bring out the dirt we’ve collected on Petraeus and Gen. John Allen” and see how that goes!

  8. Perry says:

    The drip, drip, drip of BenghaziGate.

    Can’t you folks at least wait until hearings occur with witnesses under oath testifying?

    Moreover, is it possible that all your conspiracy theorizing is an extension of a mindset which would behave behind the curtain as you are assuming the current principals are behaving?

    Be patient, for god’s sake! You can be assured that credible journalists and credible media will learn and report on this “Benghazigate” issue.

  9. Perry says:

    And btw, if it turns out that the Petraeus flaw turns out not to have sacrificed our security, I would like to see him reinstated. See here.

  10. Carlos says:

    My guess, Perry, is that, with the recent re-election of the Obfuscator-in-Chief, there will be about the same amount of noise made and conclusions come to as we’ve seen with the F&F “investigations.”

    Obviously, I’m not putting much stock in the sound and fury emanating from the House right now. Those in charge have way too much to lose if they rock the boat too much, and besides, if the investigations lead to the dishonorable dismissal of our current CiC, look who they’d have to deal with then!

  11. Marilyn says:

    I’m hearing crickets again…

  12. Charlotte says:

    Perry, my only problem is that I see the term “credible journalists” as an oxymoron.

  13. Kate says:

    Holder? The Teflon President and his matching AG will never get a scratch from the MSM…they will be able to go on without a care in the world. It’s all about how things look and not about what is going on below the surface.

    Broadwell had boxes and boxes of classified documents that the FBI couldn’t wait to get back…what does she know? What is she holding back and did the book deal cover up more clandestine activities?

  14. Steve Skubinna says:

    Good point Perry, we should sit quietly and wait patiently for our moral and intellectual betters to decide what we should know and when. Asking questions while credible journalists (whatever you mean by that odd turn of phrase) assiduously dig for facts from the Andrews AFB food court as the President golfs risks everything this nation was built upon.

    Don’t want the peasants to get uppity, do we? Demanding answers from a stonewalling administration that’s been caught in lie after lie? Why, it mocks the whole basis of representative and accountable government!