New details surrounding Petraeus scandal emerge
Is there any connection to Libya investigation?
- Duration 4:45
- Date Nov 12, 2012
Is there any connection to Libya investigation?
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Good evening I'm Bret -- it's as if someone ordered -- scandal and decided to supersize it.
The affair that forced the resignation of General David Petraeus as CIA director is like the -- of -- wheel with spokes screaming out in all directions.
From how it was discovered to its relationship with the terror attack in Libya.
It is a story expanding exponentially to not.
We have -- team coverage chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge has the latest on the nuts and bolts of this investigation.
But we begin with national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin.
On the connection between Petraeus.
Alleged mistress -- -- well.
And -- Ghazi attacks could inject.
Good evening Brett close friends of General David Petraeus tell us he is quote devastated and deeply embarrassed by how much pain he has caused his family and friends.
-- -- -- General Petraeus has told friends the affair with his biographer Paul abroad will started two months after he left the military.
Around the same time he took over at the CIA.
In September 2011.
Though they spent nearly a year together in Afghanistan while she researched his biography.
All in the education of David Petraeus he says the affair ended -- months ago.
Here's how she described her mentor to Fox's Tom -- back in January everybody says.
-- this man is such a military genius oldest man is seen them do we did things that nobody else has ever done before true.
He is -- genius in him because I think he's able to balance so many different levels of thinking I don't think all senior military officers do.
There are many -- to do but I don't think -- let me put operatives.
-- BI became aware that the CIA direct.
-- mistress and was -- harassing emails from several dummy accounts to this woman Jill Kelly.
A Petraeus family friend who lived in Tampa Florida.
Kelly's family often spent the holidays with David Petraeus and his wife -- The FBI became concerned that an attempt was being made to blackmail the CIA director and confronted him about the affair within the last six weeks.
It wrapped up its investigation with broad -- second and final interview for days before the election.
Petraeus submitted his resignation to the president Thursday.
Two days after the election and a week before he was to testify on Capitol Hill he closed door intelligence briefings about being Ghazi.
He no longer plans to testify.
Now there are concerns -- -- -- may have revealed secret information about the big -- investigation.
That she gleaned from her relationship with Petraeus.
Now I don't know -- a lot of you've heard this but BCA -- had actually.
Had taken a couple Libyan militia members prisoner and and they think that the attack on the -- was an effort to try to get these prisoners back so that it's still being vetted.
A well placed Washington source and two security contractors have been -- tell fox the Libyan militia men held at the CIA annex.
Maybe a possible motivating factor for the attack the CIA denies -- had any prisoners.
Quote the CIA has not had detention authority since January 2009.
When executive order 13491.
Any suggestion that the agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless.
The Petraeus resignation comes at a time when the administration is facing questions about the attacks and being -- The affair had been suspected among Petraeus -- and -- circle three separate intelligence sources say the president's top counterterrorism advisor.
John Brennan was told about the affair in the summer of 2011.
The White House denies this -- And I strongly denied that Jennifer Jennifer I understand we just received some reaction from secretary of defense Leon Panetta about.
General Petraeus -- resignation looking tell us about them.
That's right he was on route to Australia when he spoke to reporters we have his statement.
He says quote first obviously it was a very sad situation to have a distinguished career like that end in this manner.
And my heart obviously goes out to him and his family.
But I think he took the right step and I think it's important when your director of the CIA with all the challenges that face you in that position.
That personal integrity comes first inform us.
He was then asked as a former member of congress how he felt about congress not being informed about the FBI investigation to which he said quote.
That's another issue I think we got to look at because as a former director of the CIA and having worked very closely with the Intelligence Committees you know I believe there is a responsibility to make sure that the Intelligence Committees.
I informed of issues that could affect he -- that security.
Of those intelligence operations.
Jennifer Griffin -- the Pentagon Jennifer thank you in this city in which --