WHAT IT'S REALLY ABOUT – AT 8:47 A.M. ET: At its heart, the Petraeus scandal is about national security, truthfulness about Benghazi, and whether personal affairs are influencing public and political decisions. The Washington Post reports the latest:
The FBI is making a new push to determine how a woman who had an affair with retired Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was CIA director obtained classified files, part of an expanding series of investigations in a scandal that also threatens the career of the United States’ top military commander in Afghanistan.
Senior law enforcement officials said that a late-night seizure on Monday of boxes of material from the North Carolina home of Paula Broadwell, a Petraeus biographer whose affair with him led to his resignation last week, marks a renewed focus by investigators on sensitive material found in her possession.
“The issue of national security is still on the table,” one U.S. law enforcement official said. Both Petraeus and Broadwell have denied to investigators that he was the source of any classified information, officials said.
The surprise move by the FBI follows assertions by U.S. officials that the investigation had turned up no evidence of a security breach — a factor that was cited as a reason the Justice Department did not notify the White House before last week that the CIA director had been ensnared in an e-mail inquiry.
“My immediate gut is like this is the National Enquirer,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said in an interview on CNN. “I mean, every day there is something new.”
Feinstein added that she has “many questions about the nature of the FBI investigation, how it was instituted, and we’ll be asking those.”
COMMENT: I suspect that, in the end, Attorney General Eric Holder will be thrown under that big bus parked outside the White House. You know, he'll announce that he wants to spend more time with his family, and be replaced by another reliable ally of the president's.
Meanwhile, back at the mansion, there is information coming out about Jill Kelley, the second "other woman" in the case, and the one who allegedly exchanged racy e-mails with our top commander in Afghanistan, Marine General John Allen. According to reports, which we cannot verify, she is in financial distress and comes from a family with a tumultuous financial history. One CNN commentator actually had the courage to say on the air yesterday that she's of Lebanese origin, and that there will undoubtedly be routine probes of whether she was involved with any foreign intelligence organization. We have no evidence of that, but that question must be asked.
I simply have the feeling that a Congressional probe will turn up much that we don't know.
November 14, 2012