The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Lawmakers ask why Obama not told of CIA scandal


WASHINGTON (AFP) - US lawmakers demanded to know on Monday why President Barack Obama was not informed for several months that his CIA chief David Petraeus was under investigation in an explosive sex scandal.

Mr Petraeus resigned on Friday after confessing to an extramarital affair, stunning Washington political and intelligence circles just three days after Obama's re-election and amid a probe into US security failings in Libya.

It is reported that top FBI and Justice Department figures learned of the scandal late last summer but decided to leave both the White House and the congressional committees that oversee their work in the dark until last week.

Key members of Congress demanded a fuller explanation of a liaison that could have involved a national security breach, arguing that hiding the investigation showed poor judgment by the FBI and senior Obama administration officials at the Justice Department.