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Congress Wants Details About Petraeus Affair, Recipient Of Broadwell’s Harassing Emails Identified

Congress wants details about Petraeus affair

Members of Congress said Sunday they want more details about the FBI investigation that revealed ex-CIA Director David Petraeus’s affair.

Sen. Dianna Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “We received no advanced notice. It was like a lightning bolt.”

The bureau had been investigating harassing emails sent by Petraeus’ biographer and girlfriend Paula Broadwell to a second woman. The investigation revealed an affair between the two, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asked Petraeus to resign.

A senior military official identified the second woman as 37-year-old Jill Kelley, an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in her hometown of Tampa, Florida.

Petraeus staffers said Kelley and her husband, Scott, were regular guests at events the ex-director held at the military’s Central Command headquarters in Tampa. A US official said Kelley had been given an appreciation certificate on which she was referred to as an “honorary ambassador” to the coalition countries represented at Central Command. Kelley, however, is not an employed by the United States government and has no official status.

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Kelley often dropped the “honorary” and referred to herself as an ambassador. The military official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kelley had been receiving harassing emails from Broadwell, which led to the FBI examining her account and discovering the affair with Petraeus.

Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Petraeus’s resignation came at a time that lawmakers still had questions about the attack on the US Consulate and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya. Petraeus may still be asked to testify about the US’s response to the attack.

“It seems this (the investigation) has been going on for several months and, yet, now it appears that they’re saying that the FBI didn’t realize until Election Day that General Petraeus was involved. It just doesn’t add up,” King said.

Sixty-year-old Petraeus, who has been married to his wife Holly for 38 years, resigned from his position last Friday after acknowledging the affair. The couple has two adult children.

Broadwell, 40, is a graduate of the US Military Academy and an Army Reserve Officer. She is married with two young songs.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Petraeus was a “great leader” who did the right thing by stepping down. He also said Petraeus still deserves the country’s gratitude and could be still called to testify on Benghazi.

“He’s trying to put his life back together right now and that’s what he needs to focus on,” Chambliss said.

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5 Responses to “Congress Wants Details About Petraeus Affair, Recipient Of Broadwell’s Harassing Emails Identified”

  1. Julie Mack

    Behind Petraeus’s Resignation.
    November 10, 2012.

    Exclusive: The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair marks a stunning reversal for the longtime media darling. But some in President Obama’s inner circle are not displeased the neocon-friendly ex-general is gone, reports Robert Parry.

    The messy departure of CIA Director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair removes the last high-ranking neoconservative holdover from George W. Bush’s administration and gives the reelected President Barack Obama more maneuvering room to negotiate a settlement over Iran’s nuclear program.

    BEHIND OBAMA'S BACK: As Bob Woodward reported in his book, Obama’s Wars, it was Bush’s old team that made sure Obama was given no option other than to escalate troop levels in Afghanistan substantially. The Bush holdovers also lobbied for the troop increase behind Obama’s back.

    According to Woodward’s book, Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, refused to even prepare an early-exit option that Obama had requested. Instead, they offered up only plans for their desired escalation of about 40,000 troops.

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