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article imageObama: Petraeus affair 'posed no threat to national security'

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By Layne Weiss
Nov 14, 2012 in Politics
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President Obama said Wednesday he's seen no evidence that the sex scandal that ended (now ex) CIA Director David Petraeus' career damaged or threatened United States national security in any way.
"I have no evidence from what I've seen at this point that classified information was exposed," Obama said a White House news conference, the NY Daily News reports.
Still, though, the President said he was reserving judgment on the FBI investigation which started in July, The Associated Press reports. The findings of the investigation into Petraeus' affair did not reach Obama's desk until after his re-election.
The President said he will let the FBI do their job without meddling. "My expectation is that they follow the protocol that they've already established," Obama said. He noted that not meddling in criminal investigations could sometimes be a challenge, especially in a case like this, but it's been the White House's "practice" to not interfere, and he plans to stick to that.
Obama told reporters he did agree with Petraeus' decision to resign, but emphasized that the CIA Director and four star US Army General provided the US with "extraordinary service," CNN reports.
"We are safer because of the work that Dave Petraeus has done," President Obama said according to the LA Times. He said he hopes Petraeus and his family will be able to move on from this scandal/
Petraeus resigned Friday after the White House was notified of his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, The Associated Press reports.
"It's on that basis that he tendered his resignation, and it's on that bais that I accepted," Obama told reporters Wednesday according to CBS News.
Petraeus' mistress Paul Broadwell authored the book, All In, about the former CIA Director's leadership philosophy, NBC News reports.
Later this week, Petraeus will testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee about the September 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The closed door hearings will be led by Arizona Senator John McCain, The Guardian reports.
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