Lawmakers probe widening generals scandal

Lawmakers probe widening generals scandal

CREATED Nov. 14, 2012

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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.

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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