An FBI whistleblower told House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in late October that ex-CIA Director David Petraeus had been involved in an extramarital affair and was potentially putting national security at risk, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Cantor reportedly knew about the affair for at least a week and a half before Petraeus resigned Friday.
“I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and made certain Director Mueller was aware of these serious allegations and the potential risk to our national security,” Cantor said in a statement to the Times.
According to the Times, Cantor learned through Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) “that a whistle-blower wanted to speak to someone in the Congressional leadership about a national security concern.” Cantor’s chief of staff called the FBI afterward on Oct. 31 to inform them about what Cantor had learned.
A Cantor spokesman confirmed the report to CNN on Sunday.
The report is the first hard indication of someone outside the FBI knowing that Petraeus was under investigation prior to the two days before his resignation. Newsmax reported that “the White House, with concurrence by the FBI and Justice Department” held off asking Petraeus to resign until after the election, but the Associated Press reported that administration were first notified of the affair on Wednesday.
Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) vowed Sunday to “absolutely” investigate why she was not told of the FBI’s probe sooner.
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