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November 12th, 2012
07:26 AM ET

Timing in question behind Petraeus affair revelation – Barbara Starr reports

Leaders in Washington are reeling after learning of the resignation of decorated retired CIA Director David Patraeus. Patraeus resigned in a statement he released on Friday, citing an extramarital affair with his one-time biographer Paula Broadwell. House and Senate leaders have raised questions about any potential threats on national security as a result and why they weren’t notified earlier about the investigation leading to his resignation. CNN’s Barbara Starr has the story.

“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are questioning the timing behind the revelation,” Starr says. An investigation into Patraeus’s affair was already underway by October. “The White House says it was notified the day after the election, and the president, the following day.”

Patraeus’s resignation announcement stated, "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."

The retired general was scheduled to testify later this week at Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill “to talk about what he knew and when knew it” regarding the Benghazi consulate attack, Starr reports. “Now, it will of course be his Deputy, and it remains to be seen whether Congress will take the extraordinary step of issuing a subpoena to compel him to appear at some point.”

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