GOP Rep. Peter King (NY) is raising some serious questions about the way the investigation of former CIA Director David Petraeus’s affair with his biographer was investigated and handled. On Sunday, he told CNN’s Candy Crowley that there’s a lot that “just doesn’t add up.”
“I have questions about the whole mater,” the head of the Homeland Security Committee said. “First of all I’m wondering how something involving emails went to the level of the FBI, how the FBI could have been investigating it this long, … to me if it was, the FBI director had the obligation to tell the president or the National Security Council at the earliest state. So it seems this has been going on for several months, and yet now it appears that they’re saying that the FBI didn’t realize until election day that General Petraeus was involved.”
“It just doesn’t add up,” he concluded. “You have this type of investigation, the FBI investigating emails, the emails leading to the CIA director, and it taking four months to find out that the CIA director was involved.”
“So I have real questions about this,” he added. “I think a timeline has to be looked at and analyzed to see what happened.”
When Crowley asked King what, exactly, he was suggesting, he explained:
“I’m suggesting there are a lot of unanswered questions. I think the FBI has to come forward and tell exactly when they began the investigation, why it reached that level, when they first realized that Gen. Petraeus might be involved, and at the time they did realize he was involved, did they go to the White House, did they go to the National Security Council. … How the FBI got involved, how long it was going on, did they get a court order, was there a federal court order for this email surveillance, what was contained in that order, when did they realize that it possibly involved the CIA director.”
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Reuters has released a timeline thus far regarding the information known. You can view it here.
This story has been updated with additional quotes.