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Report: FBI whistle-blower contacted Eric Cantor on David Petraeus affair
Politico ^

Posted on 11/10/2012 9:46:58 PM PST by Arthurio

Report: FBI whistle-blower contacted Eric Cantor on David Petraeus affair By: John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman November 11, 2012 12:16 AM EST

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke to an FBI whistle-blower two weeks ago who accused then-CIA Director David Petraeus of having an extramarital affair and potentially jeopardizing the security of classified information, according to a news report.

Cantor’s chief of staff, Steve Stombres, later met with FBI officials to pass on the accusations from the whistle-blower, the New York Times reported on Saturday night.

(Also on POLITICO: 6 questions on Petraeus's exit)

Cantor’s involvement in the Petraeus scandal is the first indication that anyone outside of the FBI knew Petraeus was under scrutiny for an extramarital relationship or potentially leaking classified information.

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“I was contacted by an F.B.I. employee concerned that sensitive, classified information may have been compromised and made certain [FBI] Director Mueller was aware of these serious allegations and the potential risk to our national security,” Cantor said in a statement.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi; broadwell; ericcantor; fbiwhistleblower; navyseals; petraeus; petraeusaffair; threatmatrix; threatmatrixbenghazi
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1 posted on 11/10/2012 9:47:05 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

Did Cantor provide this information to his committees?
If not, why not? Who did Cantor pass this information onto?
Was Bonehead told and what did Bonehead do with this information?

Could Bonehead lose his leadership position?


2 posted on 11/10/2012 9:59:50 PM PST by tennmountainman (Ha)
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To: Arthurio
So, once again 0bumbler is completely clueless about what's going on in his Justice Dept. and the CIA.


3 posted on 11/10/2012 10:02:14 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Arthurio

It sure was nice of Cantor not to leak the info to Drudge BEFORE the election, wasn’t it?
What a nice freaking guy. After all, if the shoes were on the other feet and the President running for reelection was a Republican, the rats would NEVER leak that kind of damaging info to MSNBC.


4 posted on 11/10/2012 10:07:11 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

I don’t know what to make of this story other than it would not hurt my feelings if somehow Bonehead and Cantors dropped the ball, whatever
That ball may be, and both lose their leadership positions.


5 posted on 11/10/2012 10:13:55 PM PST by tennmountainman (Ha)
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To: Lancey Howard

I agree with you but I am thinking for political reasons/legal that revealing this would compromise Cantor’s position.

Not that i don’t think Boehner and Cantor are not numbnuts!

Watch the replay of Judge Janine’s show on Fox from tonight, great show,
The good guys have been Chicagolated!


6 posted on 11/10/2012 10:14:14 PM PST by acapesket
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To: Lancey Howard

Everything obviously went through Chicago and the campaign to maintain WH deniability. Remember the private investigators hounding Romney donors? That documents how these marxists operate off the books. But doing it with Top Secret info is beyond the pale. Banana Republic stuff.


7 posted on 11/10/2012 10:14:27 PM PST by lodi90 (Born free, won't die in chains)
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To: lodi90

It is a Banana Republic now. I would rather retire in Costa Rica... at least they have an upfront banana republic and all of the smart Doc’s are going there.


8 posted on 11/10/2012 10:17:44 PM PST by acapesket
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To: Arthurio

Added “Benghazi” to your post’s keyword list, for those the do key word searches.


9 posted on 11/10/2012 10:20:09 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: TigersEye
So, once again 0bumbler is completely clueless about what's going on in his Justice Dept. and the CIA.

I keep asking myself who is running the white house. I know obozo is nothing more than the ideological idiot and the Butcher of Benghazi.
10 posted on 11/10/2012 10:21:33 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media. GOTV<GOTF)
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To: acapesket

It was a great show tonight.


11 posted on 11/10/2012 10:23:54 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
Oh, Lord, spare us...

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


12 posted on 11/10/2012 10:25:18 PM PST by MestaMachine ($)
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To: Marine_Uncle
Added “Benghazi” to your post’s keyword list, for those the do key word searches.

Agreed.
13 posted on 11/10/2012 10:25:28 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media. GOTV<GOTF)
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To: PA Engineer

Is there anyone besides Jarrett up there who is competent enough to run anything?


14 posted on 11/10/2012 10:26:13 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: PA Engineer

Jarrett?

That way 0 can have plausible deniability.

And if she wasn’tand physically in the white house during the Benghazi debacle, they could say “nobody in the white house gave the stand-down order” and be (lawyerly) correct.


15 posted on 11/10/2012 10:31:25 PM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: PA Engineer

“Agreed.” It seemed the appropriate thing to do. :)


16 posted on 11/10/2012 10:34:43 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: tennmountainman
The first question I had was, "Why Cantor?" Why, of all people, did the "FBI whistle-blower" contact Cantor? Not Drudge, not the NY Times, not Mitch McConnell, not Mitt Romney, not Paul Ryan, not...etc.

Cantor. The whistle-blower contacted Cantor.
Of course, maybe the whistle-blower DID contact all, or some of, those others...

I think this story has a long way yet to go.

17 posted on 11/10/2012 10:41:10 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

http://swampland.time.com/2010/03/16/petraeus-on-israel/


18 posted on 11/10/2012 10:44:20 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

FluffetyFluff.

Anything at all on the whistleblower?


19 posted on 11/10/2012 10:45:26 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Arthurio

FluffetyFluff.

Anything at all on the whistleblower?


20 posted on 11/10/2012 10:45:41 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: lodi90

The reason there was an “FBI whistle-blower” in the first place was because the whistle-blower knew that Petraeus had already been nailed and that Holder and his corrupt FBI were keeping a lid on the story until AFTER the election. This was WEEKS ago. Cantor got the information WEEKS AGO and totally failed. Lame...


21 posted on 11/10/2012 10:45:47 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Read the story. Looks like the FBI WB went to his Congressman who went up the chain of command.

The point is this has been going on way longer than the White Hut has let on.

It is preposterious that the Prezzy did not know for WEEKS/MONTHS that his CIA Director was even obliquely under investigation for A SECURITY BREACH.


22 posted on 11/10/2012 10:45:47 PM PST by lodi90 (Born free, won't die in chains)
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To: Lancey Howard

The source may have made him agree to not go to the media.


23 posted on 11/10/2012 10:49:40 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Lancey Howard

“The informant was brought to Cantor’s attention by Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.). Reichert declined to comment on his role in the scandal.”
________________

But why did Reichert go to Cantor? Maybe he doesn’t trust Boehner? Or maybe Boehner was on the golf course? Under his desk with a friend? Passed out?

And why did everybody let this ride until after the election? This chit gets more hinky by the minute!


24 posted on 11/10/2012 10:50:30 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: lodi90

You read the story. The Congressman went up the chain of command... to the FBI!
OF COURSE the African communist knew about it weeks/months ago.


26 posted on 11/10/2012 10:52:57 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Arthurio

Curiouser and curiouser. The only thing I’m fairly certain of at this point is that this is all related to Benghazi and there’s much more here than meets the eye.


27 posted on 11/10/2012 10:58:47 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Irenic; lodi90

What makes no sense is that the “FBI whistle-blower” went to cantor with the info, and then Cantor took the info and passed it on to... the FBI!... Which obviously already knew about it. WTF? It is almost as if Cantor’s purpose in going to the FBI Director was to let him know he had a whistle-blower on his hands.

/headshake


28 posted on 11/10/2012 11:00:28 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Unless the matter was be covered up by mid level FBI officials on orders from the White House.. And Cantor was informing Mueller as to what was going on inside his own department.


29 posted on 11/10/2012 11:03:34 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

Three quarters of the elected and appointed grifters in Washington are having illicit sex with their mistresses, their interns, Iranian pizza delivery boys or each other.

Why, on the eve of his Benghazi testimony, do the consensual peccadilloes of Petraeus, and only Petraeus, become a major issue?


30 posted on 11/10/2012 11:03:44 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then." -- Philip K. Dick)
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To: Arthurio

You could be right. I guess there is no underestimating the corruption of Holder and his FBI.


31 posted on 11/10/2012 11:05:00 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
What makes no sense is that the “FBI whistle-blower” went to cantor with the info, and then Cantor took the info and passed it on to... the FBI!... Which obviously already knew about it. WTF? It is almost as if Cantor’s purpose in going to the FBI Director was to let him know he had a whistle-blower on his hands.

Why wasn't the Republican leadership informed by the FBI? I see this as Cantor not quite calling Obama to say we know what a mess you have on your hands, by calling the FBI director first. Might well be that nothing was going to happen until the whistle-blower let the Republicans know the inside scoop at the CIA.

32 posted on 11/10/2012 11:08:17 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: fatasshick

That makes sense.


33 posted on 11/10/2012 11:12:31 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: All

The guy went to a Republican not a Democrat, is that because it is his Rep? Or does that mean that somehow the Democrats couldn’t be trusted because it is something that the Democrats (administration) are involved with?


34 posted on 11/10/2012 11:13:41 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Lancey Howard
Why is an affair a bad thing for
Petraeus but not for clinton?


35 posted on 11/10/2012 11:14:18 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Just mythoughts

The FBI director was appointed by Bush.


36 posted on 11/10/2012 11:14:55 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Lancey Howard
WTF? It is almost as if Cantor’s purpose in going to the FBI Director was to let him know he had a whistle-blower on his hands.

That might make sense. Maybe he wanted to send the message that 'the train is coming into the station. You might want to get off the tracks and grab your luggage if you want to ride it instead of get run over by it.'

37 posted on 11/10/2012 11:15:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Arthurio

Unless the matter was be covered up by mid level FBI officials on orders from the White House.. And Cantor was informing Mueller as to what was going on inside his own department.


Winner winner chicken dinner. Probably one of Holder’s people running interference and following orders from the campaign/Axelrod/Jarrett in Chicago.


38 posted on 11/10/2012 11:15:55 PM PST by lodi90 (Born free, won't die in chains)
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To: Just mythoughts
Why wasn't the Republican leadership informed by the FBI?

Because the FBI was keeping the story under wraps at Ubanga/Holder's direction until after the election. They didn't want the Republican leadership to find out. Hence, a "whistle-blower" stepped in precisely to let the Republican leadership in on the story. And Cantor responded by (apparently) keeping the info to himself and letting the FBI know that it had a whistle-blower on its hands!

39 posted on 11/10/2012 11:20:49 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Irenic
The guy went to a Republican not a Democrat, is that because it is his Rep? Or does that mean that somehow the Democrats couldn’t be trusted because it is something that the Democrats (administration) are involved with?

I will make a guess at your question. Liberals could care less what Petraeus was doing or with whom so long as he could be counted upon to do what they required. From what I have read this affair has not been a 'secret' to the administration. And most likely Petraeus would have testified as if nothing was amiss until the whistle-blower let the Republicans in on the investigation.

Once the Republicans were told, there is no way Petraeus could go and testify at a hearing with the possibility that one of those Republicans might ask him about his affair. Petraeus had to go. Can you imagine what kind of tv it would make for a Republican to ask Petraeus, when did President Obama know about your affair?

40 posted on 11/10/2012 11:22:45 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: lodi90

#17, unless the president, someone very close to him, was also being investigated.


41 posted on 11/10/2012 11:22:45 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: TigersEye

In the latest timeline the specific details start when the WB contacted the GOP two weeks ago. No details before that just general information. What a coincidence!

I have a feeling next week the WH will admit Barry was aware of the investigation weeks ago. It’s too ridiculous he didn’t know.

Get ready for the standard Obama playbook. Dribble info out, misdirection, delay, etc. They are going to have to do some heavy tap dancing because this is the administration investigating itself!


42 posted on 11/10/2012 11:23:29 PM PST by lodi90 (Born free, won't die in chains)
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To: clearcarbon

Why is an affair a bad thing for
Petraeus but not for clinton?


Was Monica looking for Top Secret documents to stuff in her brassiere? This one is a different ball game with the alleged hacking.


43 posted on 11/10/2012 11:26:14 PM PST by lodi90 (Born free, won't die in chains)
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To: Arthurio
The FBI director was appointed by Bush.

Yes. But obviously he the FBI director did not inform the House Republicans of the investigation or the affair. So by Cantor going to the director to let him know what he knew it went up the chain of command to Obama and there went Petraeus. I think Petraeus would have testified before the House, that is until word got out the Republicans know about your affair.

44 posted on 11/10/2012 11:26:51 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Irenic; All

I can remember when FReepers were shouting the praises for the General. After all Ike had an affair too. So did Newt, so maybe Cantor didn’t quite know what to do with the information given the General’s past popularity.


45 posted on 11/10/2012 11:28:38 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Lancey Howard
Because the FBI was keeping the story under wraps at Ubanga/Holder's direction until after the election. They didn't want the Republican leadership to find out. Hence, a "whistle-blower" stepped in precisely to let the Republican leadership in on the story. And Cantor responded by (apparently) keeping the info to himself and letting the FBI know that it had a whistle-blower on its hands!

Ah the information did not come first to Cantor. Who else Cantor told aside from the FBI director has yet to be reported. My wild guess is that Boehner is the one that put the lid on the information. Personally I would not have minded if it all were kept quiet until Petraeus showed up to testify and a House Republican asked Petraeus on live tv, "When did President Obama know about your affair"?

46 posted on 11/10/2012 11:31:15 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: fatasshick; All

It has been posted here at FR that Zawahiri told Al Qaeda, Libya to avenge the death of his lieutenant Al Libbi (from Libya) a little while before the attack.


47 posted on 11/10/2012 11:32:15 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

maybe Cantor didn’t quite know what to do with the information given the General’s past popularity.


I’m thinking Team Romney decided to play it safe. Nobody in the MSM would touch it so the Kenyan skated past the election.

Drudge and Bob Woodward both cryptically referred to a scandal last week. This must be it.


48 posted on 11/10/2012 11:33:24 PM PST by lodi90 (Born free, won't die in chains)
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To: Arthurio

49 posted on 11/10/2012 11:33:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Just mythoughts

Gowdy says “ Petraeus will testify voluntarily over Benghazi or we will subpoena him “

So can’t they still ask him when President Obama knew about his affair?

This is all so twisted!


50 posted on 11/10/2012 11:36:19 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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