Cooper said Cantor’s office did not notify anyone else because, ‘‘at the time, it was one person making the allegation which, while serious, was completely unsubstantiated. He [Cantor] didn’t know this person. He did the only thing he thought appropriate and that he thought was responsible. Two weeks ago, you don’t want to start spreading something you can’t confirm.’’
Cantor believed that if the information was accurate and national security was affected, the FBI would — as obligated — inform the congressional intelligence committees and others, including House Speaker John Boehner.
Additional information from the Associated Press was added to this report.