House Judiciary Chairman Demands Timeline of Petraeus Probe
By Elizabeth Murphy | November 14, 2012 1:25 pm

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling on Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller to hand over a timeline of the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair.

Rep. Lamar Smith

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote to both of the law enforcement officials asking why they took months to inform the Obama administration and other congressional officials of the high-profile probe. Last Friday, Petraeus announced he was resigning over his liaison with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. News reports have indicated that the FBI probe began after Petraeus’s friend, Jill Kelley, began receiving harassing emails, which were ultimately linked to Broadwell.  (Read the letters here and here.)

Other news reports have indicated that Holder was made aware of the investigation in late summer.

“It has become clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation began an investigation this summer that uncovered his extramarital affair with a journalist as well as possible breaches of security,” Smith wrote. “However, White House and Congressional officials were reportedly first notified of the investigation and its connection to General Petraeus just last week.”

Smith asks why James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, was only notified at 5 p.m. on Election Day, and also why President Barack Obama was informed a day after the election.

Neither Holder nor Mueller has made any statement about the Petraeus probe since it became public after his resignation last Friday.

Smith asked the two officials to make top DOJ and FBI officials available for questioning on or before Dec. 3.

Earlier this week, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) told CNN that the timeline “doesn’t add up.” The House Homeland Security Committee chairman questioned why Holder would not have informed the White House or its lawyers sooner.


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