Petraeus: I Didn't Give Any Classified Information to Broadwell
Former CIA Director David Petraeus says he never gave any classified information to Paula Broadwell.
He spoke to CNN in his first interview since he was forced to resign because of his affair with Broadwell.
According to a law enforcement official, the FBI has found a substantial number of classified documents on Broadwell's computer and in her home. The official says Broadwell has told agents that she took classified documents out of secure government buildings. The Army has now suspended her security clearance, which she had as a former Army intelligence officer.
President Barack Obama said yesterday that he's seen no evidence that national security was damaged. But members of Congress have been grilling CIA and FBI officials privately to see if that's the case.
Petraeus also told CNN that his resignation had nothing to do with his upcoming testimony to Congress about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead. Petraeus said he wanted to testify about the Libya matter. He will be testifying tomorrow to the House Intelligence committee -- in a hearing that will be closed to the public.
Meanwhile, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is expressing confidence in Gen. John Allen, who is entangled in a sex scandal that has led to the resignation of the CIA director.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona called Allen one of our best military leaders and said he had continued confidence in the top commander in Afghanistan. He made the remarks Thursday at the start of the confirmation hearing for Allen's replacement in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Allen is the subject of a Pentagon investigation for potentially inappropriate communications. Former Gen. David Petraeus resigned last week from the top job at the CIA after the disclosure of an extramarital affair. Allen said he is cooperating with the investigation. (AP)