Leaders Briefed on Widening Petraeus Scandal
November 14, 2012
Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell briefed congressional leaders behind
closed doors on Tuesday about the widening scandal over an extramarital
affair that led to the resignation last week of CIA Director David
Petraeus. Some lawmakers are demanding more information on the FBI
investigation that led to Petraeus's resignation.
Several U.S. lawmakers are asking why the Federal Bureau of
Investigation did not inform Congress and President Barack Obama earlier
about its investigation of Petraeus, which began months ago. After a
briefing with the CIA Acting Director Morrell, House of Representatives
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she is not happy that congressional
leaders had to learn about the investigation on television. But Pelosi
said she is confident that Petraeus's wrongdoing does not have national
"I think that it is really important to note that this was a personal
indiscretion as far as we know. Why somebody would be personally
indiscrete is their own problem. Why they would do it in emails is
beyond my imagination. But in any event, the honorable thing was done;
the general has resigned," said Pelosi.
The investigation into Petraeus, his mistress Paula Broadwell, and Jill
Kelley, the woman who originally triggered the investigation into
Petraeus, has now expanded to include the top U.S. commander in
Afghanistan - Marine Corps General John Allen.
The FBI says it has uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 pages of "potentially
inappropriate" communications between General Allen and Kelley, who has
been described as a Petraeus family friend. It was Kelley's complaint to
the FBI about threatening emails from Petraeus' biographer, Paula
Broadwell, that led to Petraeus's resignation.
General Allen has denied any wrongdoing and will retain his command in
Afghanistan during the investigation.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine says she is "puzzled" by what has
happened in the FBI investigation. Petraeus was set to testify on
Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding
the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Collins says Petraeus will need to testify in the future because he has
important information about the attack.
"There are so many unanswered questions at this point. I will say that I
think it is absolutely imperative that General Petraeus come and
testify," said Collins.
CIA Acting Director Morrell is expected to testify before the committee
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is pushing for a
bipartisan House-Senate committee to investigate the Petraeus scandal,
saying that it is too complex for individual committees to handle.