Feinstein says her concern over Petraeus affair has ‘escalated’

The FBI made a clear mistake by not informing congressional Intelligence committees when it investigated CIA Director David Petraeus and discovered an affair, the head of the Senate intelligence panel said Monday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Monday that it was “puzzling” that neither President Obama nor the committees had not been told of the investigation as it was ongoing — a standard procedure, she said.

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee also said she was perplexed to learn that other lawmakers outside the intelligence panels — including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) — learned of the affair and investigation before Obama or the Intelligence committees.

"My concern has actually escalated over the last few days,” she said in an interview Monday with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “You can’t keep these things from the people who hold the responsibility for oversight.”

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