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Carney: Obama ‘certainly surprised’ by Petraeus affair

The White House on Tuesday said President Obama was “certainly surprised” to learn two days after his reelection that CIA Director David Petraeus was resigning because of an affair.

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White House press secretary Jay Carney avoided criticism of the FBI, which unearthed Petraeus’s affair with his biographer over the summer but only told National Intelligence Director James Clapper a day after the presidential election.

Carney emphasized that the FBI has “protocols in place” to deal with such situations, and that it was “a fact” the White House only learned of Petraeus’s situation the day after the election.

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