Full Text Obama Presidency February 19, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Statement on General John Allen’s Retirement

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

Statement from the President on General John Allen

Source: WH, 2-19-13 

Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family. I told General Allen that he has my deep, personal appreciation for his extraordinary service over the last 19 months in Afghanistan, as well as his decades of service in the United States Marine Corps. General Allen presided over the significant growth in the size and capability of Afghan National Security Forces, the further degradation of al Qaeda and their extremist allies, and the ongoing transition to Afghan security responsibility across the country. He worked tirelessly to strengthen our coalition through his leadership of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and to improve our relations with the Afghan government. Above all, he cares deeply for the men and women in uniform who serve our nation – as well as their families – and I am grateful for the sacrifices made by his family in supporting him during his service. John Allen is one of America’s finest military leaders, a true patriot, and a man I have come to respect greatly. I wish him and his family the very best as they begin this new chapter, and we will carry forward the extraordinary work that General Allen led in Afghanistan.

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Political Headlines November 13, 2012: Petraeus Affair: A Comprehensive Update

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Petraeus Affair: A Comprehensive Update

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-13-12

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The upset that started out as Gen. David Petraeus’ surprise resignation from his post as CIA-Director has ballooned into a full-fledged scandal, implicating his successor general in Afghanistan, his biographer, the FBI, and a whole family of military supporters — not to mention further muddying the waters surrounding the investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the deadly terror attack on the U.S. consulate and a CIA building in Benghazi….READ MORE

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Political Headlines November 13, 2012: Timeline of Petraeus affair scandal

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Timeline of Petraeus affair scandal

Source: FoxNews.com, 11-13-12

The following is a timeline, based on sources’ accounts, of the still-unfolding controversy:

Spring 2006 — Paula Broadwell meets Petraeus at Harvard University, where she is a graduate student.

October 2008 — Petraeus is named commander of U.S. Central Command, based at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida.

June 30, 2010 — The Senate confirms Petraeus as the new commander in Afghanistan. Broadwell, who by this point had started a case study on Petraeus’ leadership, expands her work into a biography. She makes multiple trips to Afghanistan, where she meets with Petraeus.

Sept. 6, 2011 — Petraeus is sworn in as CIA director alongside his wife, Holly.

November 2011 — Petraeus begins his affair with Broadwell, two months after taking command at the CIA, according to Petraeus’ former spokesman Col. Steve Boylan. Boylan says Petraeus is “adamant” that the affair did not start while she was shadowing him in Afghanistan.

Jan. 24, 2012 — Broadwell’s biography, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” is released.

May 2012 — Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite and friend of the Petraeus family, starts receiving harassing emails. The FBI begins investigating soon after that.

Summer 2012 — FBI agents determine that the email trail leads to Broadwell. They come across a private Gmail account using an alias that belongs to Petraeus. Emails between Petraeus and Broadwell lead agents to believe the two are having an affair. FBI Director Robert Mueller is notified. At some point during the investigation, the FBI interviews Petraeus and Broadwell.

July 2012 — The affair between Petraeus and Broadwell ends, according to Boylan.

Late summer 2012– Attorney General Eric Holder is notified.

Oct. 27, 2012 — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor gets a tip from an FBI official about the investigation that turned up the affair — after Rep. Dave Reichert is first notified.

Oct. 31, 2012 — Cantor’s chief of staff calls the FBI chief of staff to inform him of the call.

Nov. 6 — On the day President Obama is elected to a second term, the Justice Department informs Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of the investigation. Clapper calls Petraeus and urges him to resign.

Nov. 7 — Clapper informs the White House about the situation.

Nov. 8 — Petraeus calls National Security Adviser Tom Donilon to request a meeting with Obama. Obama is briefed by staff on the situation later that day and meets with Petraeus in the afternoon. Petraeus offers his resignation.

Nov. 9 — Obama accepts the resignation in a phone call with Petraeus. Obama calls CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell to offer him the job of acting director.

Nov. 11 — According to the Pentagon, the FBI refers a case to the Defense Department involving Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. It involves thousands of pages of emails between the general and Kelley.

Nov. 12 — The FBI searches Broadwell’s North Carolina home. Around midnight, the Pentagon reveals that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has referred the Allen case to the Defense Department’s inspector general for an investigation. Allen’s nomination to be commander of U.S. European Command is put on hold.

Political Headlines November 12, 2012: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Knew of Petraeus Affair in October

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor Knew of Petraeus Affair in October

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-12-12

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor knew of David Petraeus’ affair with biographer Paula Broadwell almost two weeks before the former CIA director resigned his post.
A senior Cantor aide told ABC News that the Republican congressman from Virginia learned about the FBI investigation that brought the affair to light in a phone conversation with an FBI agent Oct. 27….READ MORE

Political Headlines November 11, 2012: David Petraeus Told Friends Affair With Paula Broadwell Began After He Left the Army

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Petraeus Told Friends Affair With Paula Broadwell Began After He Left the Army

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-11-12

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Gen. David Petraeus told friends his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, began after the four-star general left the army in August 2011.

Petraeus is said to have been the one to have broken off the extramarital affair.

The 60-year-old’s storied career, first as the public face of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later as director of the CIA, came crashing down on Friday when he announced his resignation from the intelligence agency, citing the indiscretion….READ MORE

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