Gibbs: Obama briefed on arrest just after midnight

Published May 4, 2010 11:26AM (EDT)

The White House says President Barack Obama was notified shortly after midnight of the arrest of a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb.

Obama was briefed six times Monday on the ongoing investigation, and John Brennan, the president's top counterterrorism adviser, notified him at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday of the arrest of the suspect, Faisal Shahzad.

That's according to Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, who tweeted the news to reporters Tuesday morning.

By Julie Pace

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