Transcript: Remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder on the Petraeus investigation
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder on the Petraeus investigation at a press briefing on Nov. 15, 2012:
Can you address how the decision was made by the Justice Department how and when to inform President Obama on the investigation of the CIA [Director David Petraeus]?
Attorney General Eric Holder:
Well, I would say that with regard to that issue, what we did was conduct the investigation in the way that we normally conduct criminal investigations. We do so in a way that they can be seen as being done in an impartial way.
We follow the facts. We do not share – outside the Justice Department, outside the FBI – the facts of ongoing investigations.
We made the determination as we were going through the matter that there was not a threat to national security.
Had we made the determination that a threat to national security existed, we would, of course, have made that known to the President and also to the appropriate members on the Hill.
But as we went through the investigation, looked at the facts and tried to examine them as they developed, we felt very secure in the knowledge that national security threat did not exist that warranted the sharing of that information with the White House or with the Hill.
When we got to a point in the investigation – it was very late in the investigation – after a very critical interview occurred on the Friday before we made that disclosure – when we go to that point where we thought it was appropriate to share the information, we did so.
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