David Petraeus breaks his silence to HLN’s Kyra Philips. Read her full description of their conversations right here.
The scandal surrounding the former CIA Chief David Petraeus has taken a bunch of twists and turns since yesterday.
Overnight we learned the top US general in Afghanistan, John Allen, is also now under investigation. He's accused of exchanging thousands of inappropriate e-mails with a friend of Petraeus, Jill Kelley. Allen denies any wrongdoing, according to a senior defense official, but this story is breaking just as he's up for a new job: NATO's supreme allied commander.
Kelley is the woman who allegedly got harassing emails from Petraeus' mistress and contacted the FBI. In a bizarre twist, the Wall Street Journal reports the FBI agent who launched this investigation is now barred from the case after sending pictures of himself, shirtless, to Kelley.
Meanwhile, the investigation led the FBI to Paula Broadwell and exposed her affair with Petraeus.
Broadwell's home in Charlotte, North Carolina was raided last night. Agents carried out boxes of material, but they aren't saying what they took.
You may be asking yourself, "Why should I be concerned about the private affairs of all these people?" Because Petraeus is the nation’s top spy. People want to know whether Broadwell had access to any classified information. It’s already a swirling controversy. In a speech last month, Broadwell said that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya happened because the CIA was secretly holding prisoners there, a claim the CIA denies.
So that's what we know so far... but the chairperson of the Senate Intelligence committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, says she is furious she was not briefed on the FBI's investigation earlier. Her committee is planning to meet privately today. Feinstein says Petraeus will eventually testify about the attack in Libya, but his scheduled appearance at hearings this week has been canceled.
Also on hold: Gen. John Allen's confirmation hearing for the NATO job. That hearing was supposed to start on Thursday.