David Petraeus resigned his post as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Friday, citing an extramarital affair.
Petraeus visited the White House on Thursday to ask President Barack Obama to accept his resignation “for personal reasons,” he said in a statement to CIA staff. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”
A White House official told Politico.com that there was some delay between Petraeus offering his resignation and Obama accepting it.“The president met with General Petraeus yesterday. In that meeting, Petraeus offered his resignation and explained the circumstances behind it,” the official said. “The president accepted [Petraeus’s] resignation in a phone call this afternoon.”
The resignation comes as the intelligence community remains under pressure over the attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
In a statement, Obama said he accepted Petraeus’s resignation and expressed confidence in Michael Morrell, the deputy director, as he took over as acting director...
“As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation’s Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard,” Petraeus said in his statement to CIA staff. “Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.”
Holly Petraeus works at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she established the Office of Servicemember Affairs. In that role, she worked closely with first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on improving financial protections for military families.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper praised Petraeus’ service Friday afternoon...House Homeland Security Committee Peter King also praised the outgoing director Friday...
Petraeus spent nearly four decades in the Army, before retiring last summer to take the job heading the CIA. Before Friday’s revelation, his name had been under some discussion as a potential replacement for Leon Panetta as secretary of Defense.
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