Congress will investigate FBI’s handling of Petraeus affair

A Senate committee says it will look into why the White House and Congress were not immediately informed

Topics: CIA, FBI, David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell, Senate Intelligence Committee, , ,

The Senate Intelligence Committee says it will investigate why the FBI did not immediately inform the White House and Congress when it learned that David Petraeus was having an affair, Bloomberg News reports.

The FBI reportedly learned of Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, in late summer, but only told top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice at the time. The White House and Congress only learned of the affair last week, shortly before Petraeus resigned as CIA Director.

The FBI learned of the affair in the course of an investigation into harassing emails sent by Broadwell to Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who served as an “unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, site of the military’s Central Command and Special Operations Command,” according to the AP.

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Bloomberg reports:

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she hasn’t been told the second woman had an affair with Petraeus. ‘She was frightened and went to the FBI,’ said Feinstein, a Democrat, appearing yesterday on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

 

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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