WASHINGTON The identity of the woman whose complaints sparked the FBI investigation that ended David Petraeus public career emerged Sunday, as members of Congress demanded a fuller explanation of how and when law enforcement agents learned that the CIA director was having an extramarital affair.
Jill Kelley, 37, of Tampa, Fla., complained to the FBI about harassing emails that investigators traced back to Paula Broadwell of Charlotte, who was Petraeus biographer, according to military sources. Kelley is an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the militarys Central Command and Special Operations Command are located.
On Sunday, Kelley acknowledged her friendship with Petraeus and asked for privacy.
U.S. officials say the FBIs investigation of Broadwells emails led them to discover explicit messages between her and Petraeus suggesting that the two were having an affair. Petraeus told Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about the situation Tuesday, and Clapper urged Petraeus to resign. The White House first learned of it Wednesday, officials said, and President Barack Obama accepted the resignation Friday. Key members of Congress found out only hours before the public did.
Kelley was described as a close friend of Petraeus. Officials have said that Broadwell considered the woman she emailed as a rival for the retired generals affections.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said
on Fox News Sunday that she wants to know why the FBI didnt notify the intelligence committees sooner.
The incident could have had an effect on national security, Feinstein said. We should have been told.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who chairs the House intelligence committee, has serious questions about how the matter was handled, and about the former CIA directors conduct, a senior committee aide said. Senior FBI and CIA officials are scheduled to brief lawmakers Tuesday, when the government reopens after the Veterans Day holiday.
Petraeus was scheduled to testify Thursday about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, presenting the findings of his independent investigation, but he will now be replaced at the hearing by acting CIA Director Mike Morrell.
Feinstein said there was absolutely not a connection between the resignation and the consulate attack, but not everyone is convinced.
I have real questions about this. I think the timeline has to be looked at. Im suggesting theres a lot of unanswered questions, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said on CNNs State of the Union.
King, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, said the current timeline just doesnt add up.
Republicans are pushing to have the former CIA director testify on Benghazi as a civilian. King called him an absolutely necessary witness.
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