Barack Obama

Obama told of Petraeus scandal pre-election, official suggests

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 4:18am

The head of the US House Intelligence Committee has suggested President Barack Obama might have known about former CIA director David Petraeus' extra-marital affair before the November election.

US Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican, said Attorney General Eric Holder's claim the Justice Department had not informed the president before the election implied he might have told Obama privately.

The FBI investigation of the communications between Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell arose due to concern over a counter-intelligence threat. Broadwell and Petraeus have said they did not share any security secrets, and investigators found no security breach.

"It probably should have been brought forward earlier as a national security threat," Rogers said. "I'm not sure the president was not told before election day. The attorney general said the Department of Justice did not notify the president, but we don't know if the attorney general [did]."

Petraeus resigned his post at the CIA three days after Obama was re-elected on November 6.