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Tuesday
Nov132012

Petraeus Affair: A Comprehensive Update

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The upset that started out as Gen. David Petraeus' surprise resignation from his post as CIA-Director has ballooned into a full-fledged scandal, implicating his successor general in Afghanistan, his biographer, the FBI, and a whole family of military supporters -- not to mention further muddying the waters surrounding the investigation into the Obama administration's handling of the deadly terror attack on the U.S. consulate and a CIA building in Benghazi.

Here's a rundown of what ABC News has learned of late:

A Second Afghanistan General is Under Investigation

General John Allen, the commander of American forces in Afghanistan, came under investigation because of 20,000 to 30,000 emails and documents connecting him to Jill Kelley, the Tampa military enthusiast who received what she perceived as a harassing email from Petraeus' biographer-turned-mistress, Paula Broadwell. A Defense Department official characterized some of those emails as "inappropriate" and "flirtatious," but another official said they were mostly harmless, and there were likely no sordid interactions between Allen and Kelley.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday that President Obama stands by Gen. Allen. The president accepted Petraeus' resignation last week, but he continues to have "faith" in Allen, Carney said.

Read more about the investigation of Gen. John Allen here.

Petraeus Personally Investigated Benghazi


In late October, Petraeus traveled to Libya to conduct his own review of the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The Libya stop was part of a six nation trip to the region. Petraeus intended the review as a way to prepare for his upcoming testimony before Congress on Benghazi. After the scandal broke, the administration reports his testimony is on hold.

Read more about Petraeus' involvement in Libya here.


Upset on the Hill


ABC's Sunlen Miller reports that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and other lawmakers say it's "imperative" that Petraeus still give that testimony.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, expects the Senate will need to hear from Petraeus on the Libya attack "one way or another." There's whisperings he -- and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who recently left on an overseas trip -- could be subpoenaed if they don't make themselves available.

Read more of what Petraeus' upset means for the Senate here.


All About the Kelleys


Jill Kelley, 37, is a Tampa socialite who volunteered her time to support the military, planned and hosted charitable events and forged tight friendships with top brass. Her sister Natalie also became friendly with major players, including both Gen. Petraeus and Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, who wrote letters on her behalf as she battled her ex-husband for custody of her son.

Kelley's social efforts on behalf of the military earned her the unpaid title of "honorary ambassador" to CENTCOM, the Defense Department's Central Command, which is based in Tampa at MacDill Air Force Base and has responsibility for directing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports the special license plate designating Jill Kelley as an "Honorary Consul," on her gray Mercedes Benz S500 is not just because she was considered CENTCOM's "social ambassador."

A staffer at the Embassy of Korea in Washington confirms that his government conferred "honorary consul" status upon Kelley in August of this year.

The job carries no official responsibilities, nor does it grant any immunities or even pay a stipend. It's an honorary title, handed out to those who are willing to "assist" the nearest consulate with outreach. But with the status, and the documentation she was given, Kelley was able to obtain the special vanity plate. Florida Department of Highway Safety officials checked it out with the State Department and issued the plate in September.

Read more about the Kelleys here.

Petraeus: The Sequel


ABC News has learned that Broadwell was working on a second biography of Petraeus.

Watch more about that book from GMA here.

Broadwell's Law Firm Not New to High-Profile Scandal


The lawyer representing the woman who was the mistress of former CIA-director David Petraeus works for the same firm as the lawyer who represented Monica Lewinsky.

An assistant to Washington lawyer Robert F. Muse told ABC News that Muse is representing Broadwell and is a partner at the same firm as Jacob A. Stein, the man who was one half of the 2003 team for President Clinton's famed mistress, Monica Lewinsky.

Read more about Stein, Mitchell, Muse & Cipollone here.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov132012

Gen. John Allen Under Investigation for Emails to Petraeus' Friend

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. John Allen, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with Jill Kelley, the woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom former CIA Director David Petraeus had an extramarital affair.

The FBI has uncovered "potentially inappropriate" emails between Allen and Kelly, according to a senior U.S. defense official who is traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.  The department is currently reviewing between 20,000 and 30,000 documents connected to this matter, the official said.  The email exchanges between Kelley and Allen took place from 2010 to 2012.

Panetta says the FBI referred the matter to the Pentagon on Sunday, according to a written statement released Tuesday while en route to Perth, Australia.  Panetta says he ordered the Pentagon Inspector General to investigate Allen on Monday.

Allen disputes that he has engaged in any wrongdoing in this matter, according to the official.

Allen, a four-star Marine general, succeeded Petraeus as the top American commander in Afghanistan in July 2011.

In the meantime, Panetta said, Allen's nomination to be the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe has been put on hold "until the relevant facts are determined."  He had been expected to take that new post in early 2013, if confirmed by the Senate, as had been widely expected.

Allen was supposed to appear before a Senate confirmation hearing this Thursday alongside his designated replacement, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford.  Panetta has asked the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to delay Allen's hearing, but proceed with Dunford's nomination.

Panetta said President Obama has agreed to put Allen's nomination on hold until the relevant facts are determined.  Panetta said that while the matter is being investigated by the Defense Department Inspector General, Allen will remain in his post as commander of the International Security Assistance Force, based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The senior Defense official said, "We'll have to let the process follow its course.  As I said, and you'll see in the secretary's statement, we believe that Gen. Allen is entitled to due process.  We need to see where the facts lead in this matter before jumping to any conclusions whatsoever."

The official added, "We're in the very early stages of reviewing the documents right now.  This matter has been referred to the IG, the IG will do a thorough investigation of the documents."

Kelley is said to have received threatening emails from Broadwell, who is Petraeus' biographer and who had an extramarital affair with Petraeus that reportedly began two months after he became CIA director in September 2011.

Petraeus resigned as CIA director last Friday, citing the affair as his reason for stepping down from his post.

FBI agents were at the Broadwell home in North Carolina Monday night to carry out a consensual search that had been arranged with her lawyers, law enforcement sources said.  The search was to locate additional classified material on computers or documents in the home, according to the sources.

Broadwell appears to be cooperating with investigators in an effort to make this go away, to show that she has nothing else to hide, the sources said.

Petraeus could possibly face military prosecution for adultery if officials turn up any evidence to counter his apparent claims that the affair began after he left the military.

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