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November 12th, 2012
10:47 PM ET

Piers Morgan: "Do you believe that nobody at the White House knew?" Michael Mukasey: "Want a one word answer to that? No"

As shocking new details continue to emerge in the wake of General David Petraeus's resignation, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a collection of intelligence insiders and political experts all charged with adding perspective to the sex scandal currently dominating the nation's news cycle.

Joining Piers Morgan for a live interview, Michael Mukasey offered his insight into the traditional chain of command within Washington:

"I think there was a protocol in place, about who could talk to the White House, the Attorney General was definitely one of the two people who could under any circumstance, and the deputy Attorney General was another," said the man who himself served as Attorney General under George W. Bush.

"You don't have to wait until an investigation is over and concluded before it has implications for national security as this one did. To have a C.I.A. director under investigation, and knowing about it, is something that I think in and of itself, would have made it necessary to notify the White House, i.e. the President."

On a day full of vague inferences and rumored innuendo, Piers Morgan asked for some clarity:

"Do you believe that nobody at the White House knew until a few days ago?" he asked his guest directly.

"[Do you] want a one word answer to that?" asked Mukasey. "No."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Mukasey further elaborates on Petraeus' resignation and the role the Justice Department played.
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  1. J Turner

    As a FBI whistleblower, I would caution you to take whatever statements the FBI provides about its' whistleblowers with great skepticism. Director Mueller has waged war on FBI whistleblowers since taking office, and FBI whistleblowers have had false accusations leveled against them before in order to marginalize and discredit their truth. You only have to look at previous FBI whistleblowers like Sibel Edmonds, Fred Whitehurst, Mike German, Bassem Youssef, Coleen Rowley, Robert Kobus, Rosemary Dew, Jane Turner and others to see the horrific treatment they endure. The current whistleblower in the David Petraeus matter may be currently undergoing retaliation, and blowback, and the media must remember that the FBI's treatment of whistleblowers has been historically, deliberately deceptive, and brutally punitive.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Proinsias Faulkner

    Take the tip from Robert Baer and zero in on Jill Khawam Kelley and her twin sister, Natalie. Assign a researcher to the twins.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. SHW

    Nothing excites Morgan more than events like this happened. He immediately injects cover-up theory. He is a a tabloid journalist . When he gets excited he moves his mouth so fast with such a heavy British accent one can hardly understand what he was saying.

    November 13, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Agnim

    Piers Morgan should know cover-up; he has much experience with the 'media hacking incident' back in his own country, UK.

    Truth is: CIA is a government unto itself!

    And the CIA people never feel the obligation to level with Congress and even the President on some of their operations, which are funded by their unlimited budget.

    So who in his right mind is going to believe the CIA people, whey they would deny the claim the maniac muslim attack in Benghazi was an attempt to liberate Libyans (and even others) who were being imprisoned by the CIA 'off the books'?

    How can Congress release monies to the CIA government without DEMANDING proof of how the monies were spent?

    November 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dave

    Remember John Profumo, Secretary of State for War, his affair with Christine Keeler who in turn had a relationship with Yevgeny "Eugene" Ivanov, a senior naval attaché at the Soviet embassy.

    November 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Warren Hastings

    Fully agree with Michael Mukasey and it was good to hear his views.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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