WASHINGTON — Top national security officials grappled Thursday with fallout from the David Petraeus sex scandal as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked service chiefs to review ethics training for military officers. He said he was unaware of any other top brass who could be ensnared in the debacle.
One person missing from Capitol Hill: Afghan war chief Gen. John Allen, whose nomination to take over as U.S. European Command chief and NATO supreme allied commander is on hold due to suggestive emails turned up in the probe. Allen had initially been scheduled to testify.
A hearing on the nomination of Gen. Joseph Dunford to replace Allen in Afghanistan went forward.
Administration officials met with lawmakers for a third straight day to explain how the Petraeus probe was handled and explore its national security implications.
Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said after the hearing he was satisfied the FBI behaved properly in not notifying the White House or lawmakers about the inquiry sooner, in keeping with post-Watergate rules set up to prevent interference in criminal investigations.
The CIA on Thursday opened an exploratory investigation into Petraeus' conduct. Army officials say that, at this point, there is no appetite for recalling Petraeus to active duty to pursue any adultery charges against him.
Petraeus, in his first media interview since he resigned, told CNN he had never given classified information to Paula Broadwell, with whom he had an extramarital affair that prompted his resignation as CIA director.
Petraeus will appear before the House Intelligence Committee today to testify about the attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya.. Committee officials ruled out questioning about the affair with Broadwell and any potential national security implications.
Broadwell has said she didn't get any classified documents from Petraeus.
Broadwell, a former Army intelligence officer, has told agents that she took classified documents out of secure government buildings. The Army has now suspended her security clearance.