As the scandal involving shamed former director of the CIA, David H. Petraeus, continues to reveal new layers by the hour, it appears that high-ranking officials in both the Justice Department and the F.B.I., including Attorney General Eric Holder, were reportedly aware of the affair between biographer Paula Broadwell and the retired Army general over the summer. With the news breaking last week amid the festive reelection of President Barack Obama, Petraeus’ admission of his personal indiscretion was a shock to many. As a result, Holder has once again become a target of criticism.
Various reports have pointed to the F.B.I. learning of the extramarital affair, but kept their findings internal as it was determined that the decorated war hero did not violate any national security laws, nor was there a potential for a breach. A New York Times report was especially thorough in detailing the timeline from late this summer until now, although details continue to develop outside of Petraeus and Broadwell. The affair was discovered after Jill Kelley (nee Khawam) alerted the F.B.I. after receiving threatening emails from Broadwell regarding Petraues, according to various news outlets. Kelly and her husband, Scott, revealed in a statement they were close friends of the Petraues family.