FBI, CIA Face Congress over Petraeus Scandal

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Lawmakers grilled FBI and CIA officials behind closed doors Wednesday on what and when exactly they knew about the affair between former CIA Director David Petraeus and military expert Paula Broadwell.

The initial investigation into the Petraeus-Broadwell affair began about six months ago. Many lawmakers feel they should have been informed and that politics may have been at play.

President Obama addressed the Petraeus scandal during a press conference today. White House Correspondent Jennifer Wishon has more, following this report.

But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the FBI is only required to notify congressional intelligence committees if national security is at risk, not just for an affair.

"This was a personal indiscretion as far as we know," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. "I don't have any reason to think there are national security issues."

Was Gen. Petraeus being blackmailed for what he knew about the attack in Libya? How does the unfolding scandal impact troop morale? Ret. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, a former member of Delta Force, talks more about the temptations of being a high-ranking officer, and more.

Meanwhile, Washington is standing behind Gen. John Allen, a top U.S. commander in Afghanistan who has been caught up in the Petraeus scandal.

"I can tell you that the president thinks very highly of Gen. Allen and his service to his country, as well as the job he has done in Afghanistan," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Retired Army Vice Chief of Staff Pete Chiarelli said, "I believe John Allen until someone proves otherwise. I believe he did nothing inappropriate."

The show of support comes even as the hearings for Gen. Allen's nomination as NATO's supreme commander are put on hold.

Officials uncovered thousands of emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, the woman who sparked the investigation into Petraeus and Broadwell's relationship.

Allen maintains he did nothing wrong, and several top officials who have read the emails between them say they are not sexually explicit or seductive.

"No one should leap to any conclusions," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta cautioned. "His nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure."

The scandal has the potential to impact the investigation into the terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Petraeus recently interviewed key people involved and was supposed to testify before Congress this week.

Uncertainty arose over whether he would still appear before Congress at all after he resigned, but the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Diane Feinstein said Wednesday that Petraeus has agreed to testify.

"He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee," she said. No date for his testimony has been set.

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