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Holder defends decision not to reveal Petraeus probe

Published on Nov 16, 2012 6:02 AM
 
United States (US) Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference in New Orleans on Nov 15, 2012. Mr Holder on Thursday defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s decision not to immediately brief Congress on a probe that led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief David Petraeus. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s decision not to immediately brief Congress on a probe that led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief David Petraeus.

The Justice Department and the FBI have been bitterly criticised by some lawmakers for keeping them in the dark about an inquiry into email harassment that ended up exposing that Mr Petraeus had had an extramarital affair.

But Mr Holder insisted that the inquiry had uncovered nothing that warranted briefing Congressional oversight committees.

"We felt very secure in the knowledge that a national security threat did not exist that warranted the sharing of that information," he told reporters in New Orleans, in his first remarks addressing the scandal.

 
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