Obama On Petraeus: He’s Innocent Until Proven Guilty


“Should you and the American people have been told that the CIA chief was under investigation before the election?” a reporter asked President Obama at today’s press conference.

“I think you’re going to have to talk to the FBI about what their protocols are,” Obama said in response. “One of the challenges here is that we’re not supposed to meddle in criminal investigations. That’s been our practice. People are innocent until proven guilty. We don’t want to prejudge these situations.”

What’s interesting is that this isn’t at all the standard Obama applied to Private Bradley Manning when he stood accused of leaking classified information to Wikileaks. When Manning had been arrested, but not yet charged, with violating the Espionage Act, Obama was already calling him guilty:

If I was to release stuff, information that I’m not authorized to release, I’m breaking the law. … We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate.

He broke the law.

Obama responded to questions about why he wasn’t told about the investigation into Petraeus months ago when it first began by saying he’s “withholding judgement about the entire process around General Petraeus.”

“I am going to wait and see. It’s also possible that had we been told, you’d be sitting here asking why we interfered in a criminal investigation.”

The president is playing games here. Being made aware of the fact that your CIA chief, one of the most important national security officials in the country, was possibly giving classified information illegally to his mistress, is not “interfering” in an investigation. When you’re the President, that’s called doing your job.

I still believe the Obama administration knew full well what was going on, and is simply denying knowledge now.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Liars lie. Obama is a liar. A pathological liar.

  • Harold

    How did the lame stream media ever get the guts to ask Obama anything about the General at CIA? I thought they would be more interested in what color the White House dogs eyes are. Or what type of shampoo Obama uses when he showers, or last but not least the toughest question that they could possibly pose to him, whats his favorite over all color in sports coats and jackets. Yea these media people are hard hitting individuals when it comes to grueling Obama.

  • Geoff

    Why is it so hard to tell the truth?

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    Innocent until proven guilty is the law of the land. No, he did not follow that in the Manning case. Sadly, a number of innocent people are tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, even if later found to be innocent.

    The FBI does need to be careful when it investigates people. It is possible the FBI was concerned Obama would blab and ruin the investigation as a tactic to improve his chances in the election. We have seen politicians leak sensitive information before for their own benefit.

    I’m actually with Obama on this (though I agree that he was wrong with Manning). He needs to keep his nose out of it and let the FBI do its job. He has made a real hash of other things when he got involved. Whatever his motivations…he needs to stay out! At this point there is nothing he can add or take away.

    Is the timing suspicious? Absolutely.

    • Neiman

      It is a false choice. Obama is the CEO of the Executive Branch, he needs to be kept aware daily or more frequently on the status of any investigation of any matter that involves national security. The FBI can still do its job and if Obumbler mucks it up, that is the price we pay for electing such a man to office, no complaining is acceptable.

      Innocent until proven guilty applies ONLY to liberals and their fellow travelers, for conservatives the rule is – once accused, it represents absolute, air-tight prove of guilt, no trial is necessary, the media will conduct the trial. For liberals, even absolute proof or guilt, conviction and jail time is meaningless, they are innocent no matter what the evidence.

      • borborygmi

        We just have to figure out how to get you in front of the firing squad since you are all guilty.

        • Neiman

          Don’t worry, your side will find a way, all conservatives and Christians unless they deny what they believe, will suffer even death at the hands of your brave new leaders.

  • Uh, What?

    Except when it is a weirdo filmmaker who doesn’t like Muslims… that guy isn’t innocent… he’s a “shady character,” says POTUS…

    • Roy_Bean

      Did the FBI act “stupidly”?

      • Uh, What?

        right. We “wait for all the facts” when those facts might make us look bad…

  • $16179444

    LOL – as if this criminal knew anything about being innocent. The only innocent people in all of this are the 4 dead Americans…but they are being swept under the rug….nothing to see here.

  • banjo kid

    What? and they do prejudge as in Black panthers intimidating voters on election day , they prejudged them to be innocent .

  • banjo kid

    Petraeus is guilty, he admitted to the affair . so what is he talking about ?

  • Stuart

    Had a letter from a friend who worked on the hill. He claimed nothing gets out of Washington unless they want it to get out. He then went on to say, when it gets out look behind the curtain before you make any judgement .Its his and my belief that this affair was known about before Petreaus was put in charge of the CIA. Just like J.E. Hoover did…make sure you have dirt on the people you put in high places, it will come in handy should a crisis arise?

    What say you?