David Petraeus

Holder Knew of Petraeus Probe in Late Summer

Did he inform the White House? Should he have informed the White House?


Attorney General Eric Holder was notified in late summer that then-CIA Director David Petraeus' name had surfaced in the FBI probe that ultimately uncovered Petraeus' affair, raising questions about whether Holder would have—or should have—informed President Obama. 

According to the administration's version of events, the president reportedly did not find out about the situation until last week. At the time that Holder was notified, months earlier, many details were still unknown. Petraeus himself was not interviewed until the fall. And according to one source, it is long-standing FBI policy for the FBI not to brief Congress or the White House in the middle of a criminal probe that does not involve a security threat.