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Obama: No Evidence 'From What I've Seen' That Petraeus Scandal Hurt National Security


President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was not aware of any breach of national security stemming from the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus and top military commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen.

"I have no evidence at this point from what I've seen that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have an impact on our national security," Obama told reporters in his first post-election news conference.


Obama also said he was "withholding judgement" about whether he should have known sooner that Petraeus was involved in an FBI investigation.

"I am withholding judgment with respect to how the entire process surrounding General Petraeus came up," Obama said. "We don't have all the information yet but I want to say that I have a lot of confidence generally in the FBI and they have a difficult job...it is also possible that had we been told then you'd be sitting here asking about why we were interfering in a criminal investigation."


​This post has been updated.

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