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  •  According to Woodward on MTP... (14+ / 0-)

    He was told by his sources that Petreaus' testimony would have been VERY helpful to the administration re Benghazi. So yes, it may be that Cantor et al threw Petreaus' under the bus so that he wouldn't testify. They certainly don't need someone of P's stature standing up for Obama. So let's smear him so he won't testify, or if he does he will be Petreaus the cheater, not Petreaus the stand up American hero. Food for thought, anyway.

    •  Cantor would have leaked it if that was his motive (2+ / 0-)
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      LaurenMonica, SpamNunn

      Cantor passed the info to the FBI and kept his mouth shut throughout the election, even when it was clear the information wasn't going to come out before Tuesday.

      That suggests to me that he was actually trying to do the right thing, and not using this as a political football.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:10:01 AM PST

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      •  Didn't he sit on it for a week? (2+ / 0-)
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        cotterperson, Cliss

        I'm not inclined to give Cantor the benefit of the doubt.

        •  Yes he sat on it for a week instead of making (6+ / 0-)

          it an election issue.  I am not saying he did it out of the goodness of his heart but I will give him credit for not politicizing a sensitive issue that involves national security.  

          Basically it seems some FBI flunkie wanting the Republicans to make a political issue out of it by implying the FBI was covering up their own investigation  with the implication they were doing it on Obama's orders.  FBI flunkie gets in touch with Cantor through Reichart.  Cantor does the right thing and makes sure 1) Mueller knows about the investigation (he does) and 2) Knows he has a flunkie in the FBI leaking for political purposes)

          He then keeps his mouth shut.  He may have done it to protect Petreaus as a Republican brand or he may have seen no political upside for himself but whatever the reason he kept his mouth shut instead of making it an election issue so I give him credit for that.

          •  Of course, that's your prerogative. :-) (0+ / 0-)

            .....And actually it would be great if you are right. I would like to believe that these nuts would do the right thing from time to time; Cantor's track record makes me disinclined to give him any benefit based on speculation, which is all it is on both sides of the question. We really don't know the whole story, perhaps we never will.

    •  Reading the story Cantor didn't throw Petreaus (3+ / 0-)
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      librarianman, mamamedusa, erush1345

      under the bus.

      Here is the sequence of events
      - Broadwell sends threatening emails to another potential mistress
      - Mistress tells FBI
      - FBI investigates and finds that Broadwell may have had access to some sensitive information
      - Two weeks ago an FBI informant/leaker contacts Rep. David Reichert and says he needs to talk to someone in Republican leadership about a possible security leak
      - FBI informant/leaker tells Cantor about the investigation
      - Cantor makes sure Robert Mueller knows about the investigation
      - DNI is informed on Tuesday and President Obama on Wednesday

      Given all of that it sounds like Cantor did the right thing and  1) Make sure Mueller was looped in on the investigation (he was) and 2) Not try and make political hay out of it

      It also sounds like the FBI leaker thought there might be a cover up and/or wanted to The Rs to use this for an election issue.

      The only real questions are
      1) How long has the investigation been going on?
      2) When were they sure of possible security leaks?  I will say the second they had suspicions of them the DNI should have been looped in

      •  Correction... (0+ / 0-)

        We don't know whether the recipient was in a relationship with the General. It could well be that Broadwell only thought so, or perhaps Broadwell was threatening the person for some other reason. We only know that she was threatened, it was Broadwell, and it was using the General's gmail account.

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