President Barack Obama said today that he has seen no evidence of a breach of national security in the FBI investigation of e-mails involving retired Army General David Petraeus and a woman with whom the former CIA director was having an extra-marital affair.
“I have no evidence at this point, from what I’ve seen, that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had a negative impact on our national security,” the president said at a White House news conference, asked also if he was surprised to have learned of the inquiry only recently. “The FBI has their own protocols on how they proceed.”
Obama, who accepted Petraeus’ resignation from the CIA last week, did not learn of the FBI probe that uncovered the affair until the day after his own re-election, according to the White House.
“General Petraeus had an extraordinary career,” said Obama, who sent the four-star general to Afghanistan to run the war there and made him director of the CIA. “He served this country with great distinction… By his own assessment, he did not meet the standards that he felt were necessary at the CIA” in the relationship with the general’s biographer that was revealed by the FBI.
“We’re not supposed to meddle in criminal investigations,” he said, “and that’s been our practice.”