Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked for a full briefing on the FBI investigation that revealed an extramarital affair by former CIA Director David Petraeus.
In a letter Thursday, Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pressed Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller about the roles of their respective agencies in the investigation.
Grassley asked for a briefing on the following issues by Nov. 28, 2012:
- a timeline of events,
- an explanation of how the FBI got involved,
- an explanation of the legal authority behind obtaining electronic communications in the investigation,
- whether the FBI shared information about its investigation with military criminal investigation organizations,
- any legal analysis done to determine if the White House should be notified, and
- “an explanation of whether the extramarital affair was uncovered during the initial background investigation conducted by the FBI prior to General Petreaus’ confirmation” as CIA Director.
“A number of questions have been raised about the FBI’s actions during the course of its investigation of the Petraeus matter,” Grassley said in a statement.
“It would be best for the administration to be forthright and transparent so the country can feel comfortable that our chief domestic law enforcement agency is doing everything properly under the law to protect national security,” Grassley added.