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November 14th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

Gingrich: Pelosi has 'consistently delivered' for Obama, Petraeus made 'human mistake'

This morning, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a news conference where she's expected to announce whether or not she plans to run again for House Minority Leader.

Former presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighs in on her decision on Starting Point today, saying that he has a "hunch" that the president will ask Pelosi to stay and that she'll comply.

"I think he sees a team he's worked with for four years," Gingrich says. "She and Harry Reid have delivered for him consistently."

Gingrich and his wife Callista also discuss the ongoing investigations into Generals Petraeus and Allen, with Newt stressing that what "makes no sense" is that such high ranking officials could engage in email correspondences "thinking they're invisible."

The Gingriches also discuss their new historical books, "Victory at Yorktown" and "Land of the Pilgrim's Pride."


Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • Petraeus scandal
November 13th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

CNN Military Analyst Gen. Marks on 'bizarre' communication from Gen. Allen in connection with Petraeus scandal

Gen. James "Spider" Marks (Ret.) on investigation into ISAF chief Gen. John Allen in connection with Petraeus scandal.


Filed under: Petraeus scandal
November 13th, 2012
01:53 PM ET

Rep. Price: This administration needs to answer questions on Petraeus scandal

The Defense Department last night launched an investigation into Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to Jill Kelley, the woman whose complaints led to the discovery of Petraeus's affair.

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) weighs in on the developments in the scandal on Starting Point this morning and discusses his involvement with the House Republican Conference.

Regarding the FBI investigation, Price says, "the real question about this administration is why the opaqueness? Why not transparency? This administration and these individuals need to answer questions about whether there was any compromise in American intelligence or security."


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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.”


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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
10:05 AM ET

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: Petraeus scandal 'disturbing,' fiscal cliff negotiation requires balanced approach

On "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" this morning, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) weighs in on latest in the investigation into the Petraeus sex scandal, which overnight widened to include ISAF chief Gen. John Allen.

“Disturbing is the word that has come to my mind since all of this has come to light," Wasserman Schultz says. "Really, I think it goes without saying, that if you’re the Director of the CIA, if you’re a four star general in the United States Army, that you have to hold yourself to a higher standard and you can’t put yourself in a comprising position.”

Wasserman Schultz also weighs in on upcoming negotiations between President Obama and Congress in dealing with the fiscal cliff.

"President Obama spent 18 months campaigning on the idea that we needed balance," she says. "We have to deal with deficit reduction, but the #1 thing we have to deal with is creating jobs and turning the economy around."

"If Tom Price and Jason Chaffetz, both of whom I get along really well with, don't understand that the balanced approach won last Tuesday, then we are in for a real problem," she adds.


Filed under: Fiscal cliff • 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
November 12th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

VIDEO: Ret. Brig. Gen. Kimmit says Petraeus affair shows he's a 'human being'

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt (ret.) & CNN's Barbara Starr on fmr. CIA Dir. Petraeus's resignation controversy.


Filed under: Petraeus scandal
November 12th, 2012
08:43 AM ET

CNN Military Analyst Ret. Gen. Marks: Petraeus let his guard down, but 'almost 0% chance' security was compromised

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," CNN Military Analyst and ret. General James "Spider" Marks says former CIA Director David Petraeus's resignation could be seen as a result of him losing 'his foundation' after leaving the military. Petraeus resigned on Friday after admitting to an affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.

Marks, who knew Broadwell when she worked for him about 10 years ago, says he's not surprised she was able to breach Petraeus's inner circle.

"Clearly, she’s a very bright – she worked for me, as you know – she’s an incredibly talented, very bright, creative, mentally fit, and let’s be frank, very attractive young lady, yet a wonderful officer," Marks says. "The point is, she’s a quintessential professional.”

"He let his guard down. He brought her in. And I think those around him who knew him best were kind of amazed at her ability to immediately get inside the close proximity," Marks says.

He adds, “On the professional level...there’s absolutely almost 0% chance that national security was compromised or was at risk.”


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