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On Capitol Hill, Information About David Petraeus Was Confined to Small Circle

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According to a senior House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence staffer, Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has been briefed and has serious concerns he feels need to be answered about how the FBI handled the information. FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce will come brief Rogers and Intelligence ranking Democrat C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland on Wednesday morning. The two members will then be briefed by acting CIA Director Mike Morrell that afternoon.

Although the FBI is required to inform members of the Intelligence Committees about developments in the intelligence world, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Sunday she did not find out about the news until Friday, the day President Obama accepted Petraeus’ resignation.

Feinstein said that she will investigate how the FBI handled the information.

“We received no advance notice. It was like a lightning bolt,” the California Democrat said in an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

She added that she may have Petraeus himself come testify at a later date when her panel holds a hearing about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of an American diplomat and other U.S. workers.

The panel’s top Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, also did not rule out the possibility of Petraeus testifying. He said he too did not receive word of the investigation until Friday. But he said that the information went through the “appropriate channels” before coming to Congress.

“I was not told about it until Friday. You know, the intelligence community became aware of it on Tuesday. Actually, late afternoon on Tuesday. And then, by the time it sifted through the appropriate channels, through the White House, we were told on Friday,” he said.

Furthermore, he said he is confident that Petraeus was truthful in his confirmation hearings when he was appointed to head the CIA.

“I don’t know [the] exact date of when all of this process began and what took place there, but we’re — we’re confident that David Petraeus was very straight up with us during the confirmation hearings,” said Chambliss.

House Homeland Security Chairman Peter T. King, R-N.Y., said on CNN’s State of the Union that he also questions the way the FBI handled the information. He alluded to the timing of the revelation having to do with the presidential election.

“It seems to me it’s been going on for several months, and now it appears that the FBI didn’t realize until Election Day that General Petraeus was involved,” he said. “It just doesn’t add up that you have this type of investigation, the FBI investigating emails, the emails leading to the CIA director, and taking four months to find out that the CIA director was involved.”

Rep. Brian Higgins of New York, ranking Democrat of the Homeland Security Subcommittee that oversees the intelligence community, was also not aware of the affair before Friday.

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