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Lawmakers to Examine Gen. Petraeus Affair

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The affair between former CIA director David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell will be the subject of meetings this week involving congressional intelligence committee leaders and top officials from the FBI and the CIA.

And there's still a chance that Petraeus will have to testify at a later date about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September that left four Americans dead. He'd been scheduled to testify about that attack this week, before giving up his CIA job as his affair became known.

A friend says Petraeus is "devastated" over the harm he's caused to his family, while losing "one of the best jobs he ever had."

Steven Boylan, a former Petraeus spokesman who talked to him over the weekend, also told ABC this morning that the former CIA director's wife, Holly is "not exactly pleased right now" after her husband admitted having an extra-marital affair. Boylan says Petraeus ended the affair four months ago.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Cantor first heard about CIA Director David Petraeus' extramarital affair on Oct. 27 from an FBI source he didn't know. 

Communications director Rory Cooper told The Associated Press on Monday that the call was arranged by Rep. Dave Reichert, a Washington Republican. Reichert had initially received a tip from an FBI source who was a colleague of the FBI employee who called Cantor.

The following Wednesday, Oct. 31, after the government reopened following Superstorm Sandy, Cantor's chief of staff called the FBI chief of staff to inform him of the call. The FBI official called back the next day, saying that he couldn't confirm or deny an investigation. 

FBI officials say they did not alert lawmakers or the White House because they weren't turning up evidence of a crime or security breech. But Retired General Richard Myers told CBS This Morning with investigations of this nature notifying superiors IS common.

"We saw lots of investigations in the military, where, the allegations were not proven yet, but the chain of command was made aware that someone was being looked at for what-ever," says former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Myers.

Before the scandal Petraeus had been scheduled to answer questions on Capitol Hill this week about the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Acting CIA director Mike Morell will testify instead.

Some lawmakers say they still need to hear from Petraeus. "From my point of view it's absolutely essential, that he give testimony before Congress, so we can figure out Bengazi," says South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R).

The FBI uncovered Petraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell after a second woman - Jill Kelley - reported receiving anonymous threatening emails. Kelley and her husband knew Petraeus and his wife socially. There is no evidence the two were romantically involved.

(CBS News, Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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