The FBI is under fire for not immediately disclosing the extramarital affair of ex-CIA Director David H. Petraeus to the White House and Congress, Bloomberg News reports.
Saying the affair “could have had an effect on national security,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the investigation should have been revealed more quickly.
The investigation began in the summer when the FBI last week notified U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who alerted the White House, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
According to the Boston Globe this morning, the FBI downplayed the impact on national security and said it was wary of revealing an investigation that hadn’t appeared to involve criminal wrongdoing by Petraeus.
The investigation was triggered by threatening e-mails to a woman, a friend of Petraeus and his wife.
The e-mails were sent by Paula Broadwell, 40, the author of Petraeus biography, Bloomberg News wrote.