Lawmakers Probe Widening Generals' Scandal

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Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are digging into the tangled tale of the emails that exposed an extramarital affair ending David Petraeus' CIA career and led investigators to a questionable relationship between a Tampa, Fla., socialite and the general commanding the war in Afghanistan.

Their main question: Was national security threatened?

The extramarital affair was between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell, who U.S. officials say sent harassing, anonymous emails to a woman she apparently saw as a rival for Petraeus' affections. That woman, Jill Kelley, in turn traded thousands of sometimes flirtatious messages with Gen. John Allen, possible evidence of another inappropriate relationship.

Jill Kelley was an unofficial social ambassador for some of the military's top brass at a base near Tampa.

News vans flocked to her home after her name surfaced in the Petraeus affair. In a 911 call Monday, Kelly asked if reporters could be kept off her property. She cited her status as an honorary consul general and asked if police wanted to "get diplomatic protection involved."

Nearly all lines in the tangled Petraeus sex scandal lead back to Kelley, whose complaint about anonymous, threatening emails triggered the FBI investigation that led to the general's downfall.

President Barack Obama is expected to make his first comments on the widening scandal Wednesday during a postelection news conference at the White House.


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