Eric Holder knew of the Petraeus scandal for months but chose not to do anything about it until AFTER the election. How convenient.
The crisis over General David Petraeus’s resignation reached Barack Obama’s cabinet for the first time as it was claimed the US Attorney General knew about the affair for months but kept it secret until the day of the presidential election.
Eric Holder, the head of the Justice Department, was reportedly told in the late summer that FBI agents were investigating the former CIA director’s sexual relationship with Paula Broadwell, his biographer.
The information was kept inside the Justice Department until last week, even though FBI agents had already discovered classified information on Mrs Broadwell’s computer.
Allegations that one of the President’s closest allies had known about the affair fuelled theories of a cover-up as the scandal expanded to include a second woman and continued to shake Washington.
Mrs Broadwell’s father said his daughter was the victim of an attempt to hide "something else entirely", while friends of Gen Petraeus suggested a link between the resignation and his scheduled appearance later this week before a Congressional committee investigating the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Holder was told of the investigation into Gen Petraeus several months ago but it was not until Nov 6 that officials informed James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, who immediately urged Gen Petraeus to resign.