The whistle-blower who started the investigation that uncovered the affair of former CIA director David Petraeus first went to Washington Congressman Dave Reichert.
The Seattle Times reports Reichert’s office won’t say why the FBI employee went to the Congressman, but Reichert passed the national security concerns to House majority leader Eric Cantor.
Reichert’s office also won’t say if the Congressman ever actually spoke with the whistle-blower.
Statement from Reichert’s office:
Our office stands by the accuracy of the original New York Times article as it pertains to Rep. Reichert. We have no further comment about our involvement.
Petraeus, 60, has told friends he was shocked to find that his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell, was suspected of sending the anonymous, threatening emails to a his friend whom she saw as a romantic rival.
A close Petraeus associate said Monday that FBI investigators told Petraeus that Broadwell sent anonymous emails to Jill Kelley, a Petraeus family friend from his time at Central Command in Tampa, warning her to stay away from him. The Petraeus associate spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Petraeus.
Petraeus resigned last week after confessing to the affair, which began in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.