CIA Director David Petraeus handed in his resignation on Friday, citing an extramarital affair and “extremely poor judgement” for his reasons.
Petraeus first disclosed the affair in a letter that was released to the CIA work force on Friday afternoon, reports NBC News. In the letter, the former General stated:
“Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.”
Petraeus also spoke with President Obama about the affair, offering his resignation during a meeting with him on Thursday. Obama released a statement about the meeting, saying that he accepted the CIA Director’s resignation on Friday. The president stated, “By and measure, through his lifetime of service, David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.”
Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer, is under FBI investigation for improperly attempting to access the former CIA Director’s email and possibly gaining access to classified information. Broadwell is the author of his biography All In. The biographer had extensive access to Petraeus while he was in Afghanistan and has given numerous television interviews about the former General.
The Washington Post notes that CIA Director David Petraeus’ letter to the CIA workforce read:
“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgement by engaging in an extramarital affair … This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, believes that the Director’s personal mistake should not have lead to his resignation. She stated:
“I would have stood up for him. I wanted him to continue. He was good, he loved the work, and he had a command of intelligence issues second to none.”
While Feinstein respected Obama’s decision to accept the resignation, she wished that he hadn’t have done so. She also stated that, in light of his resignation, David Petraeus will not need to testify at hearings into the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a fact that some extreme conservatives have seen as the real reason for the CIA Director’s resignation.
Mike Morrell, the deputy CIA director and a longtime member of the intelligence organization, is expected to be offered the job as acting director and may even be elevated to the position permanently. Morrell is a longtime CIA analyst and began his career as an analyst tracking international energy issues. Because of this, he spent 14 years working as an analyst and manager on East Asia.
The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus takes place immediately.