Why was Petraeus investigation kept under wraps?
Holder, Mueller facing mounting questions
- Duration 4:43
- Date Nov 14, 2012
Holder, Mueller facing mounting questions
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Right back to the top story of the day and that is -- General Petraeus has now said that he has voluntarily decided that he will testify.
As to what he saw on the ground in -- -- when he was there it just at the end of October.
And that will happen on Friday -- people pressing for that felt it was very important that he should share what he learned.
About what happened in Benghazi when four Americans were killed including the US ambassador so that will indeed now happen.
Now as to the other part of this story Republican lawmakers are now asking for answers from attorney general Eric Holder.
On the investigation into General David Petraeus the US attorney general knew in late summer.
That the FBI was looking into activities by the CIA director.
But he never -- in his boss President Obama at least according to what the White House is saying.
Former US attorney general Alberto Gonzales says it that would not -- happened on his watch.
If Bob Mueller who is -- FBI director when I was attorney general -- company and advised me that the CIA director.
I was suspected of having an affair.
I would have notified the press United States I would have done so because an affair by the CIA director reflects extremely poor judgment.
And and I believe that the president would have wanted to know was entitled to note that kind of information.
Meanwhile the White House says it -- first heard about the scandal right after -- election this week.
Well I would refer you to the FBI they have as much as I understand it protocols in place -- when they notify.
The legislative and executive -- -- investigations.
And you know is simply a fact.
-- -- The White House was not aware.
-- the situation regarding General Petraeus until Wednesday.
House homeland secure city chairman congressman Peter King joins us now -- welcome always good to have you with us congressman what do you make of what Jay Carney sat there.
It does make sense I agree with -- -- -- who sent a letter to the attorney general.
Finding out exactly when.
Richard you're heard about this who -- -- -- anyone why he didn't tell the president.
To me it's absolutely essential I agree with the attorney general Gonzales.
That the attorney general finds out that the head of the CIA.
Is involved in this -- from investigation that involves sexual matter that that has reports the attention the president because the CIA director especially this one.
David Petraeus was such visual part and present foreign policy team.
Representing our government and most sensitive negotiations and various countries and various groups around the world -- the president would have had conventional out.
If Eric Holder didn't tell him that was dereliction of duty in his part if he did tell the president or -- anyone in the White House staff.
And they didn't act on it and that was certainly.
Abdication of their responsibility the president is rendered trees.
I heard senator Dianne Feinstein the other day an Intel committee of course and and she said.
If she can't understand why in the committee's house and senate would not have been -- dinghies and you know we take our responsibility.
Extremely seriously we have never had a breach or a week.
When this kind of information has been shared with us in the past so we're just gonna go in terms of accountability from here what's the process.
-- process from his -- -- senator Feinstein said differences Mike Rogers whose camera of the intelligence when he was told several months before bin Laden was killed.
He was tall and operations in place not a word of that got out and the same with the senate the -- on -- soldiers committed -- secrets are kept.
They have an obligation to tell right now I -- today the chairman -- -- on the house side.
He's meeting with the FBI we medically.
I'm Republican member of our committee and the I think Democrats agree that certainly the chairman and ranking -- should have been told the committee should revise somehow these are also -- Impact on us when we heard General Petraeus.
Did give us evidenced -- there was information.
Back on September 14 a propping -- which was totally wrong.
We would have factor that in as to why he gave -- -- wrong and misleading information.
Did you know about the investigation itself was not -- -- -- -- Do you believe you us.
I can you know I was disarmament.
The Frankel Rihanna was -- -- -- -- with me.
The documents that we see that the CIA had the information they had.
General Petraeus coming in.
It's impossible to believe.
That he -- thought he was giving us honest testimony and I think if he was aware of the investigation may be wanted to -- the radar screen I don't know I've been great regard for General Petraeus.
The fact is testimony.
It was so so wrong I understand the fact investigations going on just have to make you want to we got to go -- McCain always good to have you thank you sir I want to thank you also.