David Petraeus Resigns Over Affair – Updated


CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned citing an extramarital affair. The affair is the official story, anyway.

Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has resigned, citing “extremely poor judgment” for having an extramarital affair, NBC News reported.

“Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position,” Petraeus said in a letter to CIA colleagues. “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.”

“This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation,” Petraeus said in the letter.

I just heard this news being described as “shocking” to the nation. Why? Why would anybody be shocked that someone in Washington, DC behaved badly?

The open question here is whether this will keep Petraeus from testifying before Congress.

Update: More from Instapundit:

GENERAL PETRAEUS RESIGNS OVER AN AFFAIR, BUT . . . “Is the resignation really about the affair… or is it connected to Benghazi?”

Who was the affair with? That would seem to matter. He was scheduled to testify on Benghazi next week. (Read More)

Update: Reaganite Republican has more, including how Trey Gowdy said that Petraeus will be subpoenaed.

Update: PowerLine has information on the timing of Petraeus’s resignation. Apparently, the White House asked him to hold off until after the election, infuriating the FBI.

Update: Here are some more interesting links via Drudge: