Fra å ha dreid seg om middelaldrende menn med makt som faller for yngre damer, handler Petreaus-saken nå om FBI. Hvordan kan det føderale politi begå så mange feil?
En FBI-ansatt er besatt av en dame ved navn Jill Kelly, (37). Hun og tvillingsøsteren har sans for å innynde seg blant militære, politikere og diplomater. Kelly har havnet i clinch med Julia Broadwell, som forsvarer sitt «bytte», general Petreaus. Kelly får sjikanerende eposter, men vet ikke fra hvem. Det vil hun gjerne ha FBI-beundreren til å finne ut. Hun vet han ikke vil si nei.
The bureau’s involvement with the affair began in Tampa over the summer, when Mrs Kelley told a friend in the FBI she was receiving anonymous messages accusing her of inappropriate flirting with Mr Petraeus.
The unnamed agent carried her concerns to the local field office, where investigators began a routine cyber harassment investigation that quickly escalated after they realised they had stumbled over evidence that the then-director of the CIA was having an extramarital affair.
Unbeknown to senior FBI officials, however, the agent allegedly had a history of infatuation with Mrs Kelley, a married mother-of-three, and had earlier sent her photographs of himself shirtless.
Supervisors became concerned about his near-obsession with the case and decided to pull him off the investigation and refer him to the bureau’s internal affairs unit, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The agent reportedly became convinced that the FBI was stalling the investigation in order to protect President Barack Obama from political embarrassment and took it on himself to leak details to Eric Cantor, the second most senior Republican in the House of Representatives.
Mr Cantor contacted the FBI on October 31 – a week before anyone outside the Justice Department was officially told about the investigation – but did not go public with the information out of concern about the reliability of the source.
The FBI has refused to officially comment on the decision to keep the investigation secret, but in private briefings has insisted that there was no obligation to pass information on because it had already determined that there was no breach of national security.
Onsdag må FBIs nestleder og CIAs konstituerte sjef stille i Kongressen og forklare seg. Det er uforklarlig og utilgivelig at ikke FBI informerte Obama om at han kunne miste CIA-sjefen før etter valget.
Samtidig pågår opprullingen av Benghazi-gate, som Petreaus skulle forklart seg om til Kongressen denne uken. Hvis det er en sammenheng mellom de to skandalene, kan det bli eksplosivt.
On Wednesday members of the House intelligence committee are expected to grill Sean Joyce, the FBI’s deputy director, and Michael Morell, Mr Petraeus’s replacement as head of the CIA, demanding to know why his agency’s investigation into the former CIA director and four star general was kept secret until the day of the presidential election.
Peter King, a Republican member of the committee, said it was «inexcusable» that the FBI had waited for months to inform the White House that it was looking into a key member of Mr Obama’s national security team.
«Whenever General Petraeus’s name came up I believe the FBI had an absolute obligation to tell the White House, and specifically the President, what this involved,» Mr King said.