The U.S. official announced Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who was involved into Petraeus’ affair.
The Pentagon said the FBI found up to 30,000 pages of communications – between Allen and Jill Kelley, who has been identified as a long-time friend of the Petraeus family, Reuters writes.
The woman who was frightened by the harassing messages from the woman with whom Petraeus had had an affair, went to FBI, promting an investifation alerting authorities to Petraeus’ involvement with Broadwell.
When asked whether there was concern about the disclosure of classified information, the source replied: “We are concerned about inappropriate communications. We are not going to speculate as to what is contained in these documents.”
By the way, recent reports claim that the US Attorney General knew about the affair for months but kept it secret until the day of the presidential election, The Telegraph reports.
The head of the Justice Department, Eric Holder, was reportedly informed this summer that FBI agents were investigating the former CIA director’s sexual affair with his biographer.
The FBI as well as the Justice Department has officially commented in private briefings that there was no obligation to inform the White House because it had already determined there was no breach of national security.
Peter King, a Republican congressman who sits on the House intelligence committee, described the situation as a “crisis of major proportions” and the FBI had been “derelict in its duty” by not immediately informing the White House.
“Once the FBI realised that it was investigating the director of the CIA or the CIA director had come within its focus or its scope, I believe at that time they had an absolute obligation to tell the president,” Mr King told reporters. “Not to protect David Petraeus, but to protect the president.”
Paul Kranz, Mrs Broadwell’s father, assures that his daughter was being targeted as part as part of a broader cover-up.
“This is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out,” he said.
A friend of now-former CIA Director Petraeus questioned the “very suspicious” timing of the resignation, less than a week before the Benghazi hearings.
“A lot of very senior people in the administration did not want him to give that evidence,” the friend said.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democrat chair of the Senate intelligence committee said there was “absolutely not” any link between the two and that the President had “no choice” but to accept Gen Petraeus’s resignation after it was offered on Thursday.
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Gen. Petraeus said in the statement. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation.”