Petraeus Affair: Who Knew What & When?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - FOX News is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder found out late this summer that CIA Director General David Petraeus' name had surfaced in an FBI probe that ultimately uncovered the General's affair. Several lawmakers say Holder should have then alerted President Obama.
Chris Swecker, a retired FBI Assistant Director, says there is another intangible that should be considered in this case. "And that is, it took so long to get this investigation out because someone at the lower level just handled it routinely, not knowing that it would ultimately lead to General Petraeus," he says.
This scandal started unraveling when 37-year-old Jill Kelley, a close friend of the Petraeus family, started getting harassing emails. She told the FBI the emails appeared to be an attempt to blackmail Petraeus.
FOX News confirmed the emails were traced back to Charlotte resident Paula Broadwell. Vehicles were in the carport and a "Dad loves Mom" message was power washed into the driveway, but Broadwell's Dilworth home remained empty Monday. Neighbor Ed Williams says he's emailed with her. "I'm happy that Paula and Scott (her husband) are here and we'll welcome them back. She now has had this experience that has been hard on her and her family and I think we'll help them get through that," says Williams.
Swecker has met both Broadwell and Petraeus. He says, "The thing that he exudes is integrity." Swecker says Petraeus is an unusually open and genuine general who doesn't surround himself with an entourage. "Personally, I don't think he needed to resign, at least from a national security perspective, but there's a lot I don't know about. But once you out yourself, there's no more leverage to apply so then it just becomes a moral and an example issue," says Swecker.
Swecker expects Petraeus to recover from this scandal. Broadwell may not fare as well. Her access to and perhaps discussion of classified information is now being questioned. Swecker says, "Disclosure of classified information is illegal."
Swecker says speculation that Petraeus' resignation somehow dismisses him from the Benghazi hearings is not true. Petraeus could be subpoenaed at any time.