President Obama left open the possibility that he might find fault with how the FBI probe into the Petraeus scandal was conducted, as well as the bureau's decisions on when to notify others in the executive branch. But he also noted that the FBI faced a predicament.

"I am withholding judgment with respect to how the entire process surrounding Gen. Petraeus came up," Obama said, although he added that he has "a lot of confidence generally in the FBI."

If Obama had been notified earlier, he said, reporters might well ask "about why we were interfering in a criminal investigation." 

Obama said the FBI has a very difficult job, "so I'm going to wait and see." 

See a running transcript of Obama’s news conference here and watch live video here