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November 13th, 2012
01:40 PM ET

Fmr. NJ Gov. McGreevey on the 'human dimension' of Petraeus scandal

The investigation into the Petraeus sex scandal has led the FBI to the Commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen. Sources say that investigators are going through up to 30,000 pages of documents, including "potentially inappropriate" emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, the woman also linked to the Petraeus scandal.

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, who announced that he's homosexual and resigned from office in 2004, had a similar fall from grace.

On Starting Point this morning, McGreevey weighs in on the scandal and discusses how he managed his own ordeal.

"I’m sure there will be plenty of people to cast stones and those stones will get thrown," McGreevey says. "If you look back at history … it’s not a shocker. When you look at Gen. Petreaus and Gen. Allen, these are men that the country needs so yes, we need to make sure that military secrets and the CIA was preserved and protected but we also need to understand the human dimension.”


Filed under: Gen. John Allen • Petraeus scandal
November 13th, 2012
10:33 AM ET

Rep. Cummings: Petraeus scandal a 'critical moment for the military'

The investigation into the Petraeus sex scandal expanded overnight, with the FBI reporting that the top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is also being investigated for sending inappropriate emails to Jill Kelley, a woman linked to Petraeus.

A defense official tells CNN that authorities are looking at up to 30,000 pages of documents.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) weighs in on these developments on Starting Point this morning.

"I do believe that it’s becoming quite serious when you talk about 20-30,000 emails," Cummings says. "But I think we need to let it run its course. I think what the FBI has to do and which I know they are doing, is following the evidence wherever it may lead so we’ll have to wait and see."


Filed under: Gen. John Allen • Petraeus scandal
November 13th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

Rep. Chaffetz: 'I find it hard to believe' that Obama learned about Petraeus scandal last week

The sudden resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus over the revelation of an extramarital affair means that he will not be testifying before Congress this Thursday on the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

On Starting Point this morning, Rep. Jason Chaffetz insists that Petraeus should still testify, saying that he doesn't want to "let a salacious story distract from the fact that the General should put his duty and his honor front and foremost."

Chaffetz also responds to the latest reports about Gen. John Allen's involvement in the scandal and weighs in on the timeline of the FBI's revelations.

"I want to make sure the president is fully engaged," Rep. Chaffetz says. "One thing that’s troubling to me is the idea that, going back to Petraeus, that the president just learned about it last week. I find that very hard to believe."

Rep. Chaffetz also discusses the president's involvement in another pressing concern on Capitol Hill- the fiscal cliff, explaining what he's willing to compromise in negotiations.

"If the president is going to argue going back to the Clinton tax rates, then we’re going to argue lets go back to the Clinton spending rates," Chaffetz insists.


Filed under: Gen. John Allen • Petraeus scandal