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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican from Utah (C-SPAN) Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican from Utah (C-SPAN)  

Rep. Chaffetz: How did DOJ get the Petraeus scandal emails, and how didn’t Obama know?

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Chaffetz told TheDC he suspects the Petraeus sex scandal and the questions surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi are connected.

“What I hope to understand is how they [Petraeus’ scandal and the Benghazi scandal] overlap,” he said. “The CIA director’s perspective on the Benghazi scandal is paramount. I still think he should testify sooner rather than later. There is a strong intersection. I just can’t fully define it yet.”

Chaffetz said he was “absolutely” troubled that information about private emails between numerous individuals — including Petraeus’ biographer, Paula Broadwell, and Petraeus family friend Jill Kelley — have been leaked, potentially harming their reputations irreparably. (RELATED: Kelley calls 911, asks for ‘diplomatic protection’ to keep people off her lawn)

The Obama administration has been investigated for leaking politically convenient information to the press in the past, leading Chaffetz to suspect that the Justice Department may not have properly handled this case.

“On the one hand – specific to Libya – the administration said they wouldn’t release any information until an investigation is conducted. But, then, for their own political convenience, they have personally given out tidbits of information without the American public being able to see the full picture,” Chaffetz said.

“Go to the State Department website for instance – they put up briefings there [that] they have given to the media. They don’t even identify who from the State Department spoke – it’s just, ‘State Department spokesman number one, State Department spokesman number two.’ How does the media stand for that? But then they put it up on the official State Department website, so you got to believe they think it’s accurate.”

“It’s obvious they’ve put politics before transparency.”

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