Inhofe: ‘Does anyone really believe that Obama was unaware of this investigation until recently?’
The Daily Caller
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe expressed doubt Tuesday evening that President Barack Obama did not know about the investigation into now former CIA Director David Petraeus.
“With the close relationship that the president has with Attorney General Holder and the regular FBI briefings he receives, does anyone really believe that Obama was unaware of this investigation until recently?” Inhofe, a senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked in a statement.
On Tuesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president learned of the “situation regarding General Petraeus on Thursday” and was “surprised.” [Freedom's Lighthouse video: Jay Carney Claims President Obama Did Not Know About Petraeus Scandal...Reporter Asks How That Could be the Case]
“And it is simply a fact that the White House was not aware of the situation regarding General Petraeus until Wednesday, and the situation regarding General Allen until Friday,” Carney told reporters.
Fox News reported Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder was informed of FBI probe in late summer…
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…that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. [emphasis CAJ] The reason it’s important is here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its hands, and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of Defense had said the day before, at variance with what he’d heard from his station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people within the administration at that time?…
…As a point of reference, ABCNews.com reported on September 14:
The attack that killed four Americans in the Libyan consulate began as a spontaneous protest against the film “The Innocence of Muslims,” but Islamic militants who may have links to Al Qaeda used the opportunity to launch an attack, CIA Director David Petreaus told the House Intelligence Committee today according to one lawmaker who attended a closed-door briefing.
This of course was the administration line for almost two weeks after the attacks….
…While he was director of the CIA, Petraeus wrote a letter supporting the child-custody fight of the “psychologically unstable” twin sister of his close friend Jill Kelley — whose bombshell claims of being threatened by his lover led to the top spy’s resignation last week, sources told The Post.
The four-star general’s letter to the court — written in the past two months — supported a motion to overturn a ruling made nearly a year earlier by a judge who resoundingly denied custody to Kelley’s sister, Natalie Khawam, because of serious reservations about her honesty and mental stability, court records show…
In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair…
Gen. John Allen also helped Jill Kelley’s sister during custody battle
Both Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen intervened in the same nasty child custody battle involving Natalie Khawam, the “psychologically unstable” twin sister of Jill Kelley, whose bombshell claims of being threatened by Petraeus’ lover led to the top spy’s resignation last week, the Post has learned…
…And in court documents filed by Kelley’s sister Natalie Khawam, she name-drops both Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — who both have ties to a Providence, RI, lawyer/Democratic fundraiser who loaned a whopping $300,000 to Khawam.
A spokesman for Whitehouse today that lawyer, Gerald Harrington, has dated and “may have been engaged to Khawam.” Harrington has not returned a call seeking comment.
Khawam claimed in a July 12 letter to her estranged husband that she took their now 4-year-old son “on vacation last year to Martha Vineyard,” where their son and “I had a great time at the DSCC [Democratic Senate Campaign Committee] event.”
“Sen. John Kerry asked if [her son] would be coming again this year,” Khawam wrote. “[Their son] was a superstar at the DSCC last year.”
A spokeswoman for Kerry – who the Washington Post reports is being considered as President Obama’s next secretary of defense — in an email comment wrote, “Senator Kerry’s friend Jerry Harrington introduced him to his girlfriend (Natalie) at a DSCC event.”
Also filed in that court case by Khawam is a letter from Whitehouse, who like Kerry is a Democrat.
That letter was written to Harrington, who has been a fundraiser for Kerry and other Democrats out of Rhode Island. Harrington, according to Khawam’s federal bankruptcy filing earlier this year in Florida, gave her a personal loan of $300,000….
…The judge gave Wolfe sole custody of the couple’s son after finding that Khawam, a lawyer, repeatedly lied under oath and filed bogus domestic-violence and child-abuse claims against her husband after their one-year marriage began crumbling in 2009.
That judge also found that Khawam routinely defied court orders to let the child see his dad and sent harassing e-mails to Wolfe’s friends and business partners that “excoriated Mr. Wolfe for being a horrible father and husband.”
The judge blasted Khawam for giving false evidence, and noted that a court-ordered shrink had found her domestic-violence allegations to be “part of an ever-expanding set of sensational accusations . . . that are so numerous, so extraordinary and [so] distorted that they defy any common-sense view of reality.”
The judge also noted that she “is a psychologically unstable person.”…
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Has the Petraeus affair exposed a bigger, darker more digusting scandal? The Astute Bloggers do the work the MSM won’t do:
…KHAWAM’S TWIN WAS APPARENTLY FORMERLY MARRIED TO A WASHINGTON INSIDER, (WITH DEMOCRAT PARTY CONNECTIONS), GRAYSON WOLFE – WHO JUST MAY BE THE GRAYSON WOLFE WHO WORKS FOR A FIRM – AKKADIAN PV - DOING PROJECTS IN LIBYA – OF ALL PLACES, AND EGYPT- ALSO OF ALL PLACES, YEMEN – OF ALL PLACES, AND A MUSLIM SECTION OF INDIA AND PERHAPS WANTED TO DO MORE BUSINESS IN IRAQ AND KURDISTAN?..
Read it all and see if you don’t find yourself thinking, Holy Crap!
The Tampa socialite who tipped feds off to David Petraeus’ affair is now calling 911 to see if she can get “diplomatic protection.” Jill Kelley apparently placed one of several 911 calls from her residence reporting trespassers and asking if her status as an honorary consul general of South Korea (a what?!) granted her any sort of protection detail.
Can this story get any more sordid and bizarre?
Wait, don’t answer that….
Was Petraeus Sacrificed for Obama? The knives were out for the general for quite some time.
…By going to Mueller, Cantor put the FBI whistleblower’s career in jeopardy. This helps explain why the whistleblower is fast becoming the subject of various negative news reports about his personal life. He trusted the Republicans and they failed him.
And more from The Astute Bloggers this morning:
BOMBSHELL OR “COINCIDENCE”?: NATALIE KHAWAM’S EX-HUSBAND, GRAYSON WOLFE WAS, “Director of Broader Middle East Initiatives and Iraqi Reconstruction and Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States”
But at least he wasn’t working for Haliburton!