Panetta was reportedly upset over plans by Attorney General Eric Holder to open a criminal investigation of allegations that CIA officers...
A "profanity-laced screaming match" at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation, has administration officials worrying about the direction of its newly-appoint intelligence team, current and former senior intelligence officials tell ABC News.com.
Amid reports that Panetta hadthreatened to quit just seven months after taking over at the spy agency, otherinsiders tell ABCNews.com that senior White House staff members are alreadydiscussing a possible shake-up of top national security officials.
A White House spokesperson, Denis McDonough, said reports that Panetta had threatened toquit and that the White House was seeking a replacement were "inaccurate."
According to intelligence officials, Panetta erupted in a tirade last month during a meeting with a senior White House staff member. Panetta was reportedly upset over plans by Attorney General Eric Holder to open a criminal investigation of allegations that CIA officers broke the law in carrying out certain interrogation techniques that President Obama has termed "torture"
When it says he erupted in a tirade "with senior White House staff member," I'd have to think there's a good chance it was Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel