House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R., N.Y.) said Monday morning the developing sex scandal surrounding Gen. David Petraeus is a crisis of “major proportions” in an interview with “Morning Joe.”
“This is a crisis of I believe [of] major proportions. It’s not a usual political thing,” King said.
Petraeus resigned his position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Friday, disclosing that he had engaged in an extramarital affair. The affair with the general’s biographer, Paula Broadwell, first surfaced in the course of a FBI investigation into Broadwell and her access to classified information.
“We’re talking about a top level national security person. When you strip everything else aside, the president’s main obligation is to be commander-in-chief. To be commander-in-chief he has to be able to trust his top foreign policy and his top intelligence people. They are part of the team that keeps America safe,” King said.