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November 13, 2012

Scandal widens; US general's emails 'flirtatious'

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Vietor said in a written statement that Obama “remains focused on fully supporting our extraordinary troops and coalition partners in Afghanistan, who Gen. Allen continues to lead as he has so ably done for over a year.”

The unfolding story caused a commotion on Capitol Hill as well, as lawmakers complained that they should have been told about the investigation earlier.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called the latest revelations “a Greek tragedy.”

Acting CIA Director Michael Morell met with Senate intelligence chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia yesterday, to explain the CIA’s understanding of events that led Petraeus to resign. That session came ahead of meetings with the leaders of the House intelligence committee Wednesday, according to congressional aides.

The chairman and top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said their panel would go ahead with Thursday’s scheduled confirmation hearing on the nomination of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is to replace Allen as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, if Allen is indeed promoted.

Even though Petraeus has stepped down, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the retired general should testify about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “if he has relevant information.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it was “absolutely imperative” that Petraeus testify, since he was CIA director during the attack and visited Libya afterward.

The FBI looked into whether a separate set of emails between Petraeus and Broadwell might involve any security breach and concluded it did not.

The FBI searched Broadwell’s home in Charlotte, N.C., Monday night, with her consent, according to a federal law enforcement official, who requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak on the record about the investigation.

The official said the FBI just wanted to make sure there were no classified documents out of government custody.

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