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Spokesman: House majority leader knew of Petraeus matter in October (I give up!)
cnn ^ | 11/11/2012 | staff

Posted on 11/11/2012 11:22:45 AM PST by tobyhill

House majority leader Eric Cantor talked to an FBI official in late October about former CIA Director David Petraeus' involvement in an affair, a spokesman for the congressman told CNN Sunday.

Doug Heye said Cantor had a conversation with the whistleblower about the affair and the national security concerns involved in the matter.

The New York Times reported Saturday that on October 31, Cantor's chief of staff phoned the FBI to inform the agency about the call between the congressman and the FBI official. The Times reported Cantor learned of the whistleblower through Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington.

A spokeswoman for Reichert told CNN Sunday that the Times article was accurate but that the congressman had no further comment on his involvement in the case.

Petraeus' affair came to light when an FBI investigation looked into a complaint that his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was sending harassing e-mails to another woman close to the retired four-star general, a U.S. official told CNN Saturday.

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


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigate; broadwell; ericcantor; peterking; petraeus; petraeusaffair
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1 posted on 11/11/2012 11:22:50 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

time for some leadership in the house


2 posted on 11/11/2012 11:24:23 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: tobyhill

Are you suggesting that Cantor should have gone public with the news? That would have been very unwise.


3 posted on 11/11/2012 11:29:30 AM PST by iowamark
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To: tobyhill

An affair, my God, call the police!


4 posted on 11/11/2012 11:30:12 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: tobyhill

Why would Cantor remain mum? Maybe he knows and likes Petraeus. Maybe he thought it was classified info. Maybe he thought disclosure would hurt the GOP if the public associates Petraeus more closely with Bush than Obama. Maybe all of the above.


5 posted on 11/11/2012 11:30:12 AM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: tobyhill

I don’t like Cantor, but this might be why Romney clammed up on Benghazi.

In otherwards, it added another unknown quantity.


6 posted on 11/11/2012 11:31:36 AM PST by dforest
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To: Tau Food

It was classified


7 posted on 11/11/2012 11:33:34 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: iowamark
No, he should have forced Petraeus to come clean before the election and let the people have all the information to form an opinion of Obama’s Administration. The FBI said they didn't find any “legal” issues so if Petraeus refused then yes, send it to the public.
8 posted on 11/11/2012 11:33:44 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: driftdiver

Typical crap, “classified” until after the election.


9 posted on 11/11/2012 11:35:21 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: ravenwolf

It’s more than an affair, he compromised national security.


10 posted on 11/11/2012 11:36:58 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: driftdiver
It was classified

Are you suggesting that because the scandal was classified, Cantor shouldn't have disclosed it?

11 posted on 11/11/2012 11:37:44 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: tobyhill; All

White House said they didn’t know until the night of the election.


12 posted on 11/11/2012 11:40:42 AM PST by TigerClaws
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To: tobyhill

Really? Dianne Feinswine is all over then news saying the Senate Intelligence Committee didn’t know.


13 posted on 11/11/2012 11:41:30 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: TigerClaws
White House said they didn’t know until the night of the election.


14 posted on 11/11/2012 11:42:21 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: tobyhill

Almost every one of the people involved in gubamint have sworn oaths.. not many keep them, apparently.. and for varied reasons, some fathomable,, some.. mmmmm


15 posted on 11/11/2012 11:44:29 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: ravenwolf

Its absolutely amazing people are falling for this affair nonsense. The newspapers are actually writing stories about the discovery of this ridiculous affair as if it was some incredible crime uncovered.

These are the same newspapers that told you everyone lies about sex, it’s private, Bill Clinton is a hero, etc.

The risk of blackmail? Do you know that Bill Clinton told Monica that they were being taped and that the Israelis were going to blackmail him?? And no one cared.

Yeah the CIA is different. Do you honestly think no CIA directors, case officers, etc, have had affairs?

The affair wasn’t with a Red Chinese spy, it was with a West Point graduate war hero.

This whole thing is preposterous. Yes, he screwed up, but this was USED to ruin P at an opportune time.


16 posted on 11/11/2012 11:44:55 AM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: iowamark

Cantor should have referred this matter to the committees already having
Hearings on Benghazi . Betrayus and Broadboobs should have been put
Under oath behind closed doors and determined the truth.
That’s what should have been done. What Cantor did was pass the buck.
And I am sure Bonehead was aware, as well.
Bonehead and Cantor should be removed from their non- leadership posts.
Period.


17 posted on 11/11/2012 11:45:55 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: tobyhill

If Canter is House majority leader, what the heck is John Boehner?


18 posted on 11/11/2012 11:46:45 AM PST by Rudder
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To: tobyhill

I don’t know. Richard Nixon kicked McGovern’s behind in 1972 even though there seemed to be some kind of a problem. The Republicans thought they won a great victory. What they got was shellacked in the 1974 and 1976 elections and the joy of hearing about “Nixon and Watergate” every time they talk to a Democrat. I’m glad Cantor didn’t raise a fuss in late October. Obama has been setting the Middle East on fire to make money for himself and his buddies. If the Democrat voters, like the college professors and government employees, wake up and realize that Obama is just a Democrat grifter who starts wars and gets people killed so he can profit off it, it will kill the Democrat party.


19 posted on 11/11/2012 11:46:52 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: vbmoneyspender

I’m suggesting it was classified which was very convenient for Obama. If released the Dems probably would have called it obstruction of justice or interference with an investigation.

It should have been released, no doubt. But thats why they didnt.


20 posted on 11/11/2012 11:47:05 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: tobyhill

Someone told Cantor something was going on. Cantor told the FBI. Completely appropriate. Do you think he should publicize all the crap people tell him everyday? Do you know how much nonsense these guys hear all the time?


21 posted on 11/11/2012 11:48:10 AM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: tobyhill

Someone told Cantor something was going on. Cantor told the FBI. Completely appropriate. Do you think he should publicize all the crap people tell him everyday? Do you know how much nonsense these guys hear all the time?


22 posted on 11/11/2012 11:50:07 AM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: Andrei Bulba

You maybe right but Cantor’s spokesman needs to shut their mouth about what they knew then. Now that he said he knew before the election then we as the people have the right to know.
The info I have is that she exposed a CIA Prison.


23 posted on 11/11/2012 11:50:12 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: dfwgator

Exactly - but, a good portion of America is stupid enough to believe it, so ... they will.

Because 50% of them, they luvs O.


24 posted on 11/11/2012 11:52:13 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Rudder

John Boehner

Speaker of House


25 posted on 11/11/2012 11:52:54 AM PST by deport
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To: Rudder
If Canter is House majority leader, what the heck is John Boehner?

House Speaker. Two different jobs. The latter is supposed to be done with nation - not party - in mind.

26 posted on 11/11/2012 11:53:55 AM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: tobyhill

When did Cantor find out about it? October 30th? It must have been stamped top secret and unless he talked to the FBI and was read-in then perhaps he believes in innocent until proven guilty.

Until he got all the facts do we want our guy to destroy a mans career and marriage without hearing the entire story, and most importantly, seeing the evidence themselves?


27 posted on 11/11/2012 11:55:21 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: tobyhill

She may have revealed something in a talk, that is not directly related to any affair. She was P’s biographer, etc. That stuff happens all the time and needs to be monitored.

Did P tell her stuff she was not supposed to know? That’s a different issue. All I’m reading about is ooooh, an affair! I’m not defending that either, I’m saying someone used this after the election and before his testimony, to get P out. Maybe P himself used it as an excuse. But certainly the timing on this is obvious.


28 posted on 11/11/2012 11:56:33 AM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: tobyhill

Cantor knew of the allegation from a whistle blower and referred it to the FBI, but he did not know if it was true.


29 posted on 11/11/2012 11:57:15 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: Andrei Bulba

Cantor should have referred this matter to the Benghzi committee hearings
That were ongoing. The committee, should have out Betrayus and Broadboobs
Under oath, BEHIND closed doors to determine the truth.
That’s what hearings are for. Especially closed door hearings.
All Cantor did was pass the buck. Failed leadership.


30 posted on 11/11/2012 11:57:23 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: driftdiver
Obama classified it until after the election for political purposes and Cantor had to have known that. Cantor should have forced this to be disclosed before the election by forcing Petraeus to resign on the day he learned about it.
31 posted on 11/11/2012 11:58:13 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: iowamark

All Cantor knew...was that some idiot was sending threatening emails to some female citizen. The cops weren’t reacting, so he gave it to the FBI and they did what you’d expect...dig into what was going on. No one knew where this was going, until they unbundled our New York Times reporter’s email account and noticed emails to the general. You can imagine the shock on that technicians face when he finally figured out who she was having an affair with. As for Cantor? I doubt if the FBI ever went back to brief him on anything. He’s probably sitting there and shocked about how a simple request to the FBI went and caused this event to occur.


32 posted on 11/11/2012 11:59:33 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: tobyhill
The New York Times reported Saturday that on October 31, Cantor's chief of staff phoned the FBI to inform the agency about the call between the congressman and the FBI official. The Times reported Cantor learned of the whistleblower through Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Washington.

This means Valerie Jarrett(POTUS) was running p4 for a year.

Running him as a turned spy for the Chicago Communists.

He had to know he was being used and would be under the bus soon.

This weasel has no morals, values nor integrity.


33 posted on 11/11/2012 11:59:54 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: tobyhill

Wouldn’t surprise me if Cantor’s not having an affair too


34 posted on 11/11/2012 11:59:55 AM PST by TracySC
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To: Rockingham

That’s why you have hearings. To determine the truth.
There were ongoing hearings at the time.
Why didn’t Cantor refer this matter to closed door hearings to determine
If it was true? Where wasBonehead in all this? At the tanning salon?


35 posted on 11/11/2012 12:00:33 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Rockingham
The report I read was that the FBI was investigating for months. Anyway, October 31st was plenty of time to drag Petraeus behind closed doors and demand his resignation when he fesses up.
36 posted on 11/11/2012 12:02:17 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tennmountainman

Informing the FBI is not passing the buck. And you think news of a P affair was a big deal for the Benghazi hearings for what reason?


37 posted on 11/11/2012 12:02:27 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: tobyhill

If the republicans retain the current leadership in the house every republican her should resign the party. If they don’t then shut up.

I left the party under Bush 1, almost came back with the Gingrich house but Bush 2 compassionate big government conservatism sobered me back up.

Its your party republicans you get what you tolerate.... Bummer is so do we...


38 posted on 11/11/2012 12:03:25 PM PST by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Rudder
If Canter is House majority leader, what the heck is John Boehner?

Nancy Pelosi's poodle ?

39 posted on 11/11/2012 12:04:56 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Tau Food

Perhaps Cantor knew, and it was classified info, so, he wasn’t allowed by law to go public. It’s sounds like he told the FBI and they sat on it until after the election.


40 posted on 11/11/2012 12:05:28 PM PST by virgil
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To: Andrei Bulba

For the same reason Cantor reported it to the FBI.
It’s called oversight. Congressional Oversight.
The reason. Blackmail. If it wasn’t so important. Why did Betrayus resign
Over it?


41 posted on 11/11/2012 12:06:14 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Rudder

>>>If Canter is House majority leader, what the heck is John Boehner?

John Boehner is SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.


42 posted on 11/11/2012 12:07:35 PM PST by GoodDay
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To: pepsionice
Cantor felt it important enough to turn it over to the FBI so why didn't he call Petraeus behind closed doors and demand answers for himself?
43 posted on 11/11/2012 12:08:16 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: virgil
Cantor has every right to call his own investigation and it could have started on Nov 1 and had Petraeus’s resignation on the 2nd.
44 posted on 11/11/2012 12:12:24 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: Andrei Bulba

This whole thing is preposterous. Yes, he screwed up, but this was USED to ruin P at an opportune time.


You got that right, it reminds me of the thing that Jesus told the religious leaders.

They strain on a gnat and swallow a camel.


45 posted on 11/11/2012 12:14:15 PM PST by ravenwolf
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

Dumb question... What is p4????
Thanks!


46 posted on 11/11/2012 12:16:13 PM PST by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: ravenwolf
Petraeus was doomed from the moment he fooled around but Cantor should have demanded answers the moment he found out, not a week later, after the election.
If Cantor found out on Oct. 31 then he could have got all the info he needed to demand the resignation. It could have been done without disclosing classified info.
47 posted on 11/11/2012 12:25:51 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: MarineMom613
Dumb question... What is p4???? Thanks!

Petraeus has four stars => p4 (nickname)

48 posted on 11/11/2012 12:26:33 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: tobyhill

Cantor never knew who the stalker was, or her “man”. All he knew was some harassment episode was going on and the FBI had the resources to figure out the email target.

You guys all think that Cantor has some intelligence collection capability and personally tracks the various stalkers around DC, and that just isn’t the case.


49 posted on 11/11/2012 12:26:41 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: MarineMom613

I just recently learned that p4 = Petraeus. It’s his nickname (Petraeus and 4 star [general]).


50 posted on 11/11/2012 12:28:08 PM PST by didi
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