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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:14 PM

Top Republican Suggests Obama Sat On Petraeus Scandal Until After The Election

Source: ThinkProgress


By Igor Volsky posted from ThinkProgress Justice on Nov 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

During a Sunday appearance on Meet The Press, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) baselessly claimed that President Obama knew about Gen. David Petraeus’ affair before the election, implying that the administration somehow manipulated the timeline of the scandal. “I’m not sure the president was not told before the Election Day,” he asserted. “The Attorney General said that the Department of Justice did not notify the President. But we don’t know if the Attorney General did.”

Attorney General Eric Holder defended his department’s handling of the investigation earlier this week, noting that standard protocol prohibits DOJ from sharing information about pending investigations with members of Congress or the president, so long as they do not undermine national security. Later in the program, former Clinton Chief of Staff and Chair of the Center for American Progress, John Podesta, explained that the rule has been in place since 1993 and is designed to prevent politics from contaminating the process. He encouraged Obama to improve that buffer:

PODESTA: With respect to what Andrea said about Mike Rogers tossing this hand grenade on the table, I would note he did it with zero evidence. In 1993, back to the Clinton era, Andrea will remember this, I recommended strict protocols between the Justice Department and the White House, which were implemented. I’m sure they have changed to some extent. But there is a reason why the Justice Department doesn’t talk to the White House about ongoing active investigations. I think that President Obama ought to direct the Attorney General to obviously review those and report to him about whether they could be improved. But there are very good reasons why the Justice Department doesn’t talk to the White House about investigations.

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Justice Department officials had known about the investigation since the summer, but were told that the matter did not affect national security. Petraeus’s boss, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr, was notified about the affair on Election Day, after the FBI concluded its review. That night, Clapper advised Petraeus to resign.

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Reply Top Republican Suggests Obama Sat On Petraeus Scandal Until After The Election (Original post)
DonViejo Nov 2012 OP
notadmblnd Nov 2012 #1
DURHAM D Nov 2012 #4
xtraxritical Nov 2012 #15
W T F Nov 2012 #2
DonViejo Nov 2012 #7
AlbertCat Nov 2012 #3
Harry_Scrote Nov 2012 #5
Iliyah Nov 2012 #6
pangaia Nov 2012 #8
Tarheel_Dem Nov 2012 #9
oldbanjo Nov 2012 #10
Andy823 Nov 2012 #11
RandySF Nov 2012 #12
glowing Nov 2012 #13
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #14
blackspade Nov 2012 #16
ReRe Nov 2012 #17
Hoyt Nov 2012 #18
RandiFan1290 Nov 2012 #19
John2 Nov 2012 #20
oldbanjo Nov 2012 #25
judesedit Nov 2012 #21
judesedit Nov 2012 #22
McCamy Taylor Nov 2012 #23
Dubster Nov 2012 #24
Lil Missy Nov 2012 #26
bhikkhu Nov 2012 #27
kiranon Nov 2012 #28
Historic NY Nov 2012 #29
luv_mykatz Nov 2012 #30
Jennicut Nov 2012 #31
Coyotl Nov 2012 #32
benld74 Nov 2012 #33

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:16 PM

1. Excuse me, but wasn't it Eric Cantor that sat on this?

Cantor knew and could have brought t to the forefront well before the election. I wonder why he didn't?

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:25 PM

4. Actually Rogers knew all about it before the election.

I remember reading in the Ny Times as the story was developing that Rogers had a full briefing from the FBI before the President was even told.

Rogers is a lying hypocrite.

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:11 PM

15. The President is under no legal or constitutional obligation to "report" this type of behavior

 

to anyone. Why should he have NOT waited until after the election? Tell these nimrods we won and we don't care what they think.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:17 PM

2. No, Eric Cantor sat on it until after the election. Right?

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Response to W T F (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:35 PM

7. Cantor claims he reported it to the FBI Director on October 27. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:18 PM

3. Personally...

I think someone else was sitting on the Petraeus....

Oh never mind.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:27 PM

5. These guys

will not cease in their wantonness to find something impeachable on Obama.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:32 PM

6. No matter what, GOPpers will blame Pres O and his administration

for anything. I seeing the house becoming DEM in 2014, the American people are tired of this, they want the house to help with the economy. All these GOPpers do is point fingers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:39 PM

8. Screw you, Mike.

I heard that, also.

“I’m not sure the president was not told before the Election Day,”

How about I'm nit sure the president is not a Muslim, you POS.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:43 PM

9. Still trying to blame the lost election on any & everything else but Romney, and....

the ridiculous clown car of Repukes they tried to foist on the American people, huh? They're pissed because a little storm called Sandy got in the way of a completely made up narrative. Would this have won Romney the White House? I seriously doubt it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:46 PM

10. Obama should not say or do anything until

the investigation is over, if he knew beforehand. It could of been a faults carge.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:46 PM

11. Cantor was told by Dave Reichert

So both of them knew about it in October, so the question should be why did they keep silent? This whole thing is just BS from the right trying to find something to impeach the president on, but it isn't going to happen. There is nothing here but BS coming from the right, and these idiots that are trying to make something up about the issue are only making themselves look like morons, same as McCain and Graham and their crap about Susan Rice. These sore losers simply need to grow up and stop acting like children.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:51 PM

12. So what if it is true?

Honestly, so what?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:52 PM

13. And exactly how would this Petraeus sex scandal helped

Mr. Romney and the pukes? Petraeus was a throw back from Bush days, all the "sex-participants" were pukes. And the pukes in Congress that supposedly knew about this sat on the info. I don't think it would have been good for Eric Cantor's race against his opponent for people to realize that he was sitting on a sex scandal to help the pukes look good.

Actually, the pukes knowing that Petraues was involved in a sex scandal and knowing that he was head of the CIA and the one who was in charge of ultimately sending out Susan Rice on Sunday talk shows with information that ended up making President Obama's administration looking like it was lying and being dishonest about the investigations into the Benghazi attacks; all the while, making Susan Rice and her boss look incompetent just before the elections, actually played better for the pukes and their endless bs about Benghazi and trying to make it into a Watergate issue.

Honestly, it was so obvious before the elections who was watching Faux News and listening to Right Wing talk radio because they were the only people in any room who would bring up the Benghazi issue like there was some big plot or conspiracy. Most people who were thinking about everyday life and deciding on the elections were watching the President in action over the hurricane and many in the country were concerned about those effected by the storm... The other issues they seemed to talk about were jobs, economy, their absolute disgust with money bags and his 47% comments caught on tape.... And for minority members of the country, and women includes (especially younger women), there was more abject fear as to how Mitt Romney and a Republican House of Reps would completely F' them over Mitt made it into the White House. It's not like we haven't seen the consequences of the 2010 elections and the Tea Bagging ass hats try to limit birth control, shove dildo shaped sonogram equipment up vaginas for a closer look at a rapists baby a woman wanted aborted or the quips about "food stamp president" or States trying to wipe out Dem Party voters with their suppression tactics.

I don't see how the sex scandal would have supposedly helped Mitt? And if Pres Obama did know, he apparently didn't think it warranted exposure... Now, if the DoJ did their job like they seemed to have done, look into the matter to see if there was any national security issues, then Pres Obama wouldn't have been in the need to know category. However, the investigation became complicated when the low level FBI pukey shirtless dude decided there was more to this and went around his superiors to let puke congressmen know about the issue and that maybe they had a trap for Obama to look bad... Instead, the asshat tipped the hands of the scale and forced the story and Petraues (their Golden General) into having to resign and having reporters follow all the sordid Soap legs that followed out of it all.

Personally, I think Cantor and the other R rep from (Washington?) need to be investigated for ethics breach and possible national security issues and possible treason if they were going to use this info in against the govt for their party or their own political agendas. I see Cantor has his head layed low these days. Boehner may be able to reign in his party or certain members enough to actually pass some legislation. I haven't seen Cantor's swarmy face all over the TV trying to upstage Boehner and control the talking points for the GOP in congress.

I still hope they can get rid of that puke. Put him in hand cuffs and do the perp march right out of congress. He is an evil bastard who had way too much power and control over the tea party fresh meat. It was an obvious power struggle at the top between that little twerp and the weeping drunkard who was used to cutting deals over drunk golf rounds at the country club.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:09 PM

14. "Golly! I sure hope Petraeus being a dickhead can be used to create some sort of problem for Obama!"

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:15 PM

16. Hey, fuckstick.

Produce some evidence or Shut the fuck up.

These teathuglicans are a disgrace.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:15 PM

17. My reply to Chairman Rogers:

Prove it or STFU.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:20 PM

18. So. bush had his buddy bin laden release a video the Friday before elections.


I would hate to think that the 2012 election might have turned on FOX News' spin of the general's adultery and conspiracy theories.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:21 PM

19. Sounds like whackadoodle conspiracy theories. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:23 PM

20. I'm

 

telling you this is what the Republicans are up to. These people are up to no good. First it was slandering Rice and now they are back to accusing Eric Holder. They are just trying to plant a seed just like their luny base. The Republican Party needs new leaders and is just dysfunctional. You see the reason now. It is because of their leaders in Congress.

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Response to John2 (Reply #20)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:14 PM

25. There's no Republican in Congress fit to be a leader.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:34 PM

21. The GOP can't get anything on the Prez so as usual they make shit up. Such losers. Sore losers.

And thank God they lost alot in this election. And it will be more in 2014. Woohoo!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:35 PM

22. GOP got nothin but greed and lies. NOTHIN good about em.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:46 PM

23. Bush massacred Falluja to distract from Ohio 2004. Where was the GOP outrage?

Death of innocents? The GOP yawns. Sex? The GOP gets outraged. Boy, do they have their priorities wrong.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:12 PM

24. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:26 PM

26. I wouldn't care if it were true. Get over losing the election. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:28 PM

27. It wouldn't have been classy for Obama to use another repug sex-scandal

to his advantage, so close to the election. Everyone knows Petraeus is a repug, formerly one of the most respected of repugs, who previously had notions of holding high office, maybe even the presidency.

It just wouldn't have been right for Obama to use the guys disgraceful fall for political ends, yet another repug unfit for office, to further boost his own party's results in this last election!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:40 PM

28. The more house republicans go on about Benghazi, the fewer will be reelected in 2014.

It's time to do the business they were sent to Washington to do. And, it wasn't to make baseless charges against Ambassador Rice or to demand instant knowledge of what happened in Benghazi when no one had the complete picture and still don't. The American people get this and get that the Republicans are seeking a scandal, any scandal, even a non scandal rather than to do the serious work of governing which, I guess, is just too boring/difficult for them to do.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:15 PM

29. A republican made scandal by Republican Generals and

Republican biographer and twin Republican bimbo hostess, and presumed shirtless Republican FBI agent and the Republican Majority leader of the house. Really Republicans .

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:38 PM

30. This reminds me of the pukes going after Clinton.

Yeah, we know they hate sex, but murdering people in foreign countries is jut fine...just so long as we call it a war or something.

This sounds like another sleazy appeal to their 'base' (good word to describe their supporters: the lowest common denominator; buncha low life scuz bags ).

I guess they want to be sure and avoid any kind of well-reasoned examination of why they lost.

And McamyTaylor is right: actually governing, instead of slavering over supposed sex scandals seems to be beyond their feeble abilities.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:51 PM

31. Who cares anyways? Petraeus was a Republican and Obama spent tons of time trying to reach out to

these asshole Republicans. If there was a scandal about a Republican in his administration it sure was not going to hurt President Obama. Now he can put someone in as CIA director that actually will do their job instead of spending time picking up a girlfriend on the side.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:57 PM

32. Didn't Eric Cantor HAVE TO sit on the story because it was an ongoing investigation? You can't blow

an investigation by making it widely known!

So, if Cantor has to sit on the story, if Obama knew wouldn't he have to sit on it too? Idiots!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:45 PM

33. I'm sorry but the words 'House Intelligence Committee' and Republican are oxymorons to me

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