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FBI Source: Petraeus Case Held Until After Election to Not Hurt Obama Politically
The Blaze ^ | Nov. 10, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern

Posted on 11/10/2012 1:08:55 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Outgoing CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus’ resignation over an extramarital affair was reportedly held until after Tuesday’s election to avoid “potential embarrassment” for President Barack Obama, according to Newsmax.

FBI agents learned of the affair while monitoring Petraeus’ emails out of concern that the woman, Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell, may have had access to his personal account, the Associated Press reported.

But an FBI source told Ronald Kessler, the author and journalist who broke the Secret Service prostitution scandal, that rather than having Petraeus resign immediately, the decision was made to hold it until after the election for political purposes:

[T]he White House, with concurrence by the FBI and Justice Department, held off on asking for Petraeus’ resignation until after the election. His resignation occurred three days after the election, avoiding the possibility that Obama’s ill-fated appointment of Petraeus could become an issue in the election.

FBI agents on the case were aware that such a decision had been made to hold off on forcing him out until after the election and were outraged.

“The decision was made to delay the resignation apparently to avoid potential embarrassment to the president before the election,” an FBI source says. “To leave him in such a sensitive position where he was vulnerable to potential blackmail for months compromised our security and is inexcusable.”

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


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1 posted on 11/10/2012 1:08:59 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Was there anything that wasn’t held back to protect him until after the election?


2 posted on 11/10/2012 1:11:08 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well DUH. All that effort to keep it hidden for nothing though. Obama voters do not CARE if he screwed an under age midget on the white house lawn while setting puppies on fire. They are low life takers who wanted to keep their perceived gravy train of Federal hand outs rolling coupled with extreme white guilt of not blaming the poor black man for the evil white man’s problem (Bush did it).


3 posted on 11/10/2012 1:11:08 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ought to be a law against it and I think there is. Just another expansion of Obama’s watergate. Can’t wait until this corrupt marxist usurper is frog marched out of the W/H.


4 posted on 11/10/2012 1:12:10 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Of course. The Washington compost had an article detailing the Petraeus story. Supposedly, all of this was presented to James Clapper, Petraus’s boss 2 weeks ago. He reportedly demanded Petraeus’s resignation...but it did not occur until today...conveniently missing the election and over the weekend also to limit its impact on the news cycle.


5 posted on 11/10/2012 1:13:56 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Governmental agencies are supposed to be run at the field level outside political influences. Purposely withholding information consitutes as in this case a misleading of the American public by not disclosing one addtional bit of malfeasance and incompetence. It also help keep the Bengazi story off the front page.

To me this may have criminal implications of coverup.

6 posted on 11/10/2012 1:15:21 PM PST by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

7 posted on 11/10/2012 1:15:21 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Jim Robinson

You’re wishful thinking of you believe that anyone in DC with an R in front of their name has the guts to go after the first black President and try and get him impeached or removed from office. And you’re also wishful thinking if you think the media and general public would let that happen either. The best and only chance we had was Tuesday and as the song goes; Tuesday is gone with the wind.


8 posted on 11/10/2012 1:16:07 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: Free ThinkerNY

That’s because Obama was blackmailing Beytraus to toe the party line,
Or worse, create the party line about the video lies that the rest of the
Hacks were spouting.


9 posted on 11/10/2012 1:16:32 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Free ThinkerNY
FBI Source: Petraeus Case Held Until After Election to Not Hurt Obama Politically

So was news about the Iran drone attack, Valerie Jarrett's negotiations with Iran; and the Benghazi inquiry and reporting.

People kept waiting for the other shoe to drop with this administration until we realized it's a centipede.

10 posted on 11/10/2012 1:17:45 PM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Jim Robinson

This case held till after the election... probably 100,000 layoffs held till after the election... no serious inquiries into the Libya affair till after the election, if ever, which is doubtful with Boner in control...

Hey, but you can still get food stamps and free birth control!

What a Republic!

The media in this country are stooges. Period.


11 posted on 11/10/2012 1:19:51 PM PST by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: snarkytart; Jim Robinson

What would impeachment give us? Reid would block any action in the senate.

Besides, Plugs Biden may be even worse than the Kenyan Usurper.


12 posted on 11/10/2012 1:19:56 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Free ThinkerNY
FBI agents learned of the affair while monitoring Petraeus’ emails out of concern that the woman, Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell, may have had access to his personal account, the Associated Press reported.

So... why wasn't Petraus' security clearance revoked immediately upon learning this information by the "Chumpmander In Chief?" Oh, I see, it wasn't revoked for political reasons. There is nothing that possibly could have been compromised for those few days.

13 posted on 11/10/2012 1:21:16 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
do I really have to say it???

14 posted on 11/10/2012 1:21:26 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: snarkytart

Well, we’ll see about that as Obama’s rampant corruption is exposed more and more to the public and as he tries more and more to run roughshod over the congress and the constitution and as more and more of our citizens lose their jobs and fall into poverty. True Americans will not appreciate that and will not tolerate dictators.


15 posted on 11/10/2012 1:23:31 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Chode

So where was Gloria Allard fighting for his wife?


16 posted on 11/10/2012 1:24:27 PM PST by YukonGreen
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To: Arthurio

I agree. It would be worse for the conservatives in the long run to do this. We lost Tuesday. We failed to attack where we should have and have a good solid conservative message and lost.
It looks like sour grapes. Just deal with four years; let the bad news and bad economy pile up and then clean house big time in 2014 and 2016.


17 posted on 11/10/2012 1:27:10 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: djf
The media in this country are stooges. Period.

Think of the opportunity in this country right now to hire "real journalists" and create a news organization that is actually "conservative" and reports "news." Fox News is left of center and that organization is loathed by libs! Imagine if there were a real news organization that actually reported the news with ethical journalists instead of journoactivists!

18 posted on 11/10/2012 1:28:25 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So the DO”J” protects al Qaeda, terrorists,
incoming narcomurderers, Mohammed, Korans, and Obama.

The US Constitution? Not on your life, cracker.


19 posted on 11/10/2012 1:29:04 PM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Arthurio

We must retake control of the Senate in 2014 and kick Harry Reid to the curb. It’ll take some time anyway for this all to play out. Build on our majority in the House in 2014, retake the Senate, continue building conservative majorities in the state and local governments. Enforce the tenth amendment!


20 posted on 11/10/2012 1:30:07 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: bgill
Was there anything that wasn’t held back to protect him until after the election?

Post of the day!

21 posted on 11/10/2012 1:30:55 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The hypocrisy is abundant.

If the model for what the left thinks we should be is European, the Europeans would only wink and nod at these types of shenanigans.

The real reason Petraeus had his head lopped off is because of his military background. That just doesn't resonate with the current Western European mode.

22 posted on 11/10/2012 1:32:29 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Only the president would have had the authority to delay the resignation.


23 posted on 11/10/2012 1:38:03 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Travis McGee
That’s one of the all-time greats.
24 posted on 11/10/2012 1:40:56 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Impeachment File.


25 posted on 11/10/2012 1:45:07 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: mojito
Only the president would have had the authority to delay the resignation.

Agree, and I seriously doubt the FBI announced the affair to the country or Petraeus himself did.

Murder in Benghazi is not a cheap scandal.

26 posted on 11/10/2012 1:46:18 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


27 posted on 11/10/2012 1:47:59 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How about all the layoffs? Why did they wait until after the election. If they would have layed off a week before election it would have definitely helped Romney.


28 posted on 11/10/2012 1:53:24 PM PST by Leep (Are you smarter than a 7th grade math student and or Barack 0bama?)
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To: djf; All
The media in this country are stooges. Period.

It is uncertain who is in charge, the MSM or the Democrats.

29 posted on 11/10/2012 1:56:34 PM PST by marktwain
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To: missnry
Imagine if there were a real news organization that actually reported the news with ethical journalists instead of journoactivists!

Glenn Beck is building one. Why not support him?

30 posted on 11/10/2012 1:58:31 PM PST by marktwain
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To: Travis McGee

You continue to do wonderful work!


31 posted on 11/10/2012 2:00:58 PM PST by marktwain
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Petraeus knew he was having an affair when he was made CIA director a year ago. Did he lie about it when the CIA vetted him or was he given a pass?


32 posted on 11/10/2012 2:01:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: bgill

“Was there anything that wasn’t held back to protect him until after the election?”

The list grows longer every day:
1) The truth about Benghazi;
2) The truth about Iran’s attack on U.S. drones;
3) The truth about Petraeus;
4) The truth about Fast and Furious;

Drip, drip, drip. Wait until the truth about vote-stealing hits the fan. Maybe a quick impeachment will spare us a disastrous second term....


33 posted on 11/10/2012 2:04:59 PM PST by DrC
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To: Travis McGee

My husband let out a big guffaw at the name of the book this woman wrote about Petraeus. “All In”, LOL

Yes he was!


34 posted on 11/10/2012 2:06:13 PM PST by dforest
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To: newheart
So was news about the Iran drone attack, Valerie Jarrett's negotiations with Iran; and the Benghazi inquiry and reporting.

And the elimination of shale oil production on millions of acres of federal land.

I am amazed how Petraeus was able to leave just before he was supposed to testify to Congess about the Benghazi attack. < /sarc>

35 posted on 11/10/2012 2:16:29 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Travis McGee

That, is a good one.


36 posted on 11/10/2012 2:20:44 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: TigersEye; MestaMachine; maggief; penelopesire; onyx

According to an interview with former CIA guy Bob Baer done by Piers Morgan on CNN- affairs between D-CIA are not uncommon and have never been regarded as security threats. It seems there is more to this than any of us are getting...YET.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/10/video-say-why-would-the-fbi-be-investigating-a-cia-director-anyway/

Baer tells Morgan that an affair with a biographer hardly represented a security risk. At least “four or five” DCIAs in Baer’s time had sexual affairs that never warranted an internal security investigation, let alone an outside FBI probe.


37 posted on 11/10/2012 2:21:50 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: newheart

Re the drone attack:

Is it true that the drone was in international airspace?
And that the New York Times reported that it was in Iranian airspace?


38 posted on 11/10/2012 2:28:10 PM PST by firebrand
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To: snarkytart

I think they should go after him. Benghazi is an issue that Americans can understand. Obama abandoned 30 Americans under fire in Benghazi to save his re-election. The other part is that Benghazi is part of a bigger issue. Why has Obama helped overthrow the governments of Libya and Egypt? Why was he helping to overthrow the government in Syria? It is about money. And the liberals are going to be plenty angry when they come to the realization that they elected a man who kills people and overthrows governments for money for himself and his buddies. This is the issue that can put an end to the grifter leadership of the Democrat party for 50 years.


39 posted on 11/10/2012 2:30:16 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SE Mom

So how many of us don’t already know that this is a cya story that doesn’t care how many lives are ruined because of it? THIS is what obama considers ‘optimal’.


40 posted on 11/10/2012 2:32:20 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Efforts to contact the FBI’s national press office Saturday were unsuccessful.

Another example of why Washington likes to release bad news on Friday afternoons.

41 posted on 11/10/2012 2:33:02 PM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: SE Mom
I will easily accept that an affair is not something that would compromise a former 4-star general particularly if he was forthcoming about it when he filled out the vetting forms at the CIA.

So, ... why did it suddenly become an issue requiring him to resign?

42 posted on 11/10/2012 2:35:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Travis McGee
ROTFLOL Aiyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

That's brutal ... but he axed for it.

43 posted on 11/10/2012 2:41:07 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: firebrand
Is it true that the drone was in international airspace?

And that the New York Times reported that it was in Iranian airspace?

First part is true. Second part, I don't know. They did say that the Iranians claimed the drones were in Iranian airspace, but they have also reported consistently that it was in international airspace.

44 posted on 11/10/2012 2:42:22 PM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: TigersEye

The Boys’ Club protecting one another again? Some people must have known, even if it wasn’t the FBI.


45 posted on 11/10/2012 2:44:14 PM PST by firebrand
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To: firebrand

I am sure that people knew about it including the WH. See post #42.


46 posted on 11/10/2012 2:57:08 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As long as you give out “free” stuff you can get away with anything.


47 posted on 11/10/2012 3:04:07 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: 3Fingas

The timeline goes way back farther than 2 weeks ago. Everyone needs to check out the NewsMax article on this. I think 0zer0 set Petraeus up from day one and the FBI had to know about this affair in real time. According to the article, the FBI suspected the issue in the Spring 2011. Petraeus was commander in Afghanistan at that time. 0zer0 appointed Petraeus to CIA in April 2011, but he didn’t assume the office until Sep 2011.
The article says the FBI was investigating this for months because Petraeus was sending thousands of emails to her. That had to be in 2011. This means that the FBI had to know what was going on in real time, probably as Petraeus was being vetted for the CIA post, and certainly before he was confirmed, and that is why they couldn’t believe 0zer0 wouldn’t fire this guy, let alone hire the guy.
I don’t see any explanation other than 0zer0 knew about this (or someone high up in the admin did, and didn’t tell anyone... FBI director Mueller had to know, and that means Holder had to know, and probably National Security Director Donolon). That means 0zer0 had to know, and is lying about this when the WH says they first found out about it Wednesday after the election.
I bet 0zer0 knew Petraeus was compromised when he appointed him and counted on this trump card to be used against Petraeus when he needed it, and Benghazi is it. The timeline proves it.
Whether Petraeus has any smoking gun information and will spill it is completely unknown. But for me, I am convinced that 0zer0 knew about the affair and deliberately appointed and retained an obviously compromised CIA director to have something to blackmail him with later. This explains why a compromised CIA director was ok to appoint and retain for over a year, but now a year after the affair, is a liability only because Benghazi is hitting the fan. This confirms everything you need to know about 0zer0.


48 posted on 11/10/2012 3:04:39 PM PST by SDShack (0zer0care = "The Final Solution" - Socialized Euthanasia Healthcare)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who first told Obama and when did that occur? If before November 6, then it will be another fine mess for Obama.


49 posted on 11/10/2012 3:10:28 PM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: djf
The media in this country are stooges.

Not stooges, colaborators.

50 posted on 11/10/2012 3:13:23 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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