"I didn't hear it [ring]," King (R-Seaford) said. "I had the phone on vibrate because I was at the kickboxing match at the Glo nightclub in Westbury."
Leiter "said to call the White House," King recalled Monday.
The call was the first indication to King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, that an attack on bin Laden had been in the works. King called back, and Leiter informed him that the man responsible for planning the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington had been killed.
"It took me about three seconds to realize what it meant," King said. "Being on Homeland Security, I know about all the dry leads and dead ends we've had. It wasn't on my radar screen that bin Laden was going to be captured."
The White House began informing congressional leaders of bin Laden's death Sunday after the 9:45 p.m. announcement that President Barack Obama would speak later. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was watching TV when the news broke.