Congressman On Petraeus: "I'm Not Sure The President Was Not Told Before Election Day"
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says he isn't sure that President Obama did not know about David Petraeus' extramarital affair prior to the election.
REP. MIKE ROGERS: I have all the respect for David Petraeus and I hope his family goes through a healing process and then heâ€™ll move on with his life, but if youâ€™re a brand new case officer at the CIA and have an undisclosed relationship and an undisclosed way of communicating outside of the bounds, you get fired. Why? Because itâ€™s a counterintelligence threat to someone who has very sensitive and classified information. Thatâ€™s how it got started. And it probably should have been brought forward earlier as a national security threat, both to Congress and other players.
GREGORY: You think the president should have been told before Election Day?
REP. ROGERS: Iâ€™m not-- I'm not sure the president hasnâ€™t-- was not told before Election Day. The attorney general said that the State Department-- excuse me-- the Department of Justice did not notify the president. But we donâ€™t know if the attorney general did.
GREGORY: You think the president-- thatâ€™s new-- thatâ€™s news that the president knew before Election Day.
REP. ROGERS: I didnâ€™t say that.
GREGORY: You donâ€™tâ€¦
REP. ROGERS: I said-- I said I donâ€™t know. I will tell youâ€¦
GREGORY: You think thereâ€™s no evidence that he did.
SEN. FEINSTEIN: There is no evidence of that.
REP. ROGERS: The attorney general knew months before this.
REP. ROGERS: There was no formal notice to both Congress or the intelligence community.
REP. ROGERS: I find it-- we just have to ask the question. I hope heâ€™ll come out and talk to us about it.
SEN. FEINSTEIN: I spoke to the attorney general.
REP. ROGERS: We could-- we could resolve-- we could resolve this very quickly with a conversation in the intelligence spaces if he did have that conversation with the president.