FBI Handling Of David Petraeus Case ‘Inexcusable’
America’sÂ top law-enforcement agency found itself under intense scrutiny as it was alleged that one if its field agents had become obsessed with Jill Kelley, the 37-year-old party organiser from Florida who was bombarded with threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, Mr Petraeus’s mistress.
On Wednesday members of the House intelligence committee are expected to grill Sean Joyce, the FBI’s deputy director, and Michael Morell, Mr Petraeus’s replacement as head of the CIA, demanding to know why his agency’s investigation into the former CIA director and four star general was kept secret until the day of the presidential election.
Peter King, a Republican member of the committee, said it was “inexcusable” that the FBI had waited for months to inform the White House that it was looking into a key member of Mr Obama’s national security team.
“Whenever General Petraeus’s name came up I believe the FBI had an absolute obligation to tell the White House, and specifically the President, what this involved,” Mr King said.
The FBI has refused to officially comment on the decision to keep the investigation secret, but in private briefings has insisted that there was no obligation to pass information on because it had already determined that there was no breach of national security.