U.S. Attorney General Says Petraeus Case Not A National Security Threat

Category: US Politics / Nov 15, 2012 6:55PM EDT
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday (November 15) that the FBI didn't see any possible threats worthy of informing the President regarding the investigation into retired General David Petraeus until just before the former CIA director stepped down. "We felt very secure in the knowledge that a national security threat did not exist that warranted the sharing of that information with the White House or with the Hill. But when we got to a point in the investigation, it was very late in the investigation, after a very critical interview occurred on the Friday before we made that disclosure, when we got to that point where we thought it was appropriate to share the information, we did so," Holder told members of the media at a press conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. In comments made public on Thursday, Petraeus said he did not share any classified documents with Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom he had as affair that ended his tenure as CIA director. However, a computer used by Broadwell, which was seized by law enforcement, contained substantial classified information that should have been stored under more secure conditions, according to statements by law enforcement and national security officials. Broadwell, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing, has made no public comment since the scandal erupted last week.