11.12.12

Daily News: Chairman King OP/ED on CIA Director Petraeus Resignation

David Petraeus sex scandal: Many questions remain as former CIA director was scheduled to testify about Benghazi attack this week

The Obama administration was known to be wary of Petraeus, who they feared might run for office. And his congressional appearance scheduled for this week, regarding the deadly terror attack in Benghazi, was highly anticipated.

By Rep. Pete King / FOR THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

David Petraeus, who resigned Friday as director of the CIA, was America’s most significant general since World War II. He remains one of our foremost patriots.

I regret his resignation, which leaves America less safe.

Petraeus announced he would leave the CIA because he “showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” which came to the attention of the FBI.

But several questions remain.

– Did the FBI have a warrant to intercept the CIA director’s personal emails for months, even though he was not accused of official misconduct?

– Why were salacious details from Petraeus’ emails not “minimized,” as in any lawful wiretap? And who is leaking them to the press now?

– When, and by whom, was Petraeus first informed of the investigation?

– Why did the FBI reportedly not notify the White House of this explosive investigation for months? And why then do so the day after the election?

– Why didn’t the FBI inform congressional intelligence oversight committees of any investigation involving the CIA director?

The idea that the FBI read the CIA director’s personal emails for months, absent any crime or intelligence threat, with a judge’s permission, but without telling the White House or Congress, seems implausible.

The Obama administration was known to be wary of Petraeus, who they feared might run for office. And his congressional appearance scheduled for this week, regarding the deadly terror attack in Benghazi, was highly anticipated.

His testimony remains key to understanding that event and its aftermath, in which a White House coverup has been alleged.

We need answers from David Petraeus, the FBI and the White House — about Benghazi, and now also about this sad, strange end to a fine man’s career.

Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.)is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. He was just reelected to his 11th term.