U.S. lawmakers seek FBI "timeline" of Petraeus investigation

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:29am EST

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency General David Petraeus attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency General David Petraeus attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 12, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives has asked for a detailed account of the federal probe into a scandal that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus last week.

Lawmakers from both parties are demanding an official account of the FBI investigation into an extramarital affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

That investigation eventually exposed more personal ties between Petraeus and a socialite in Tampa, Florida, who was receiving e-mails from Broadwell.

Marine General John Allen was also trading e-mails with the Tampa woman, Jill Kelley, in a related development.

Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who heads the committee, wrote the head of the FBI seeking a timeline of how officials handled the matter.

"I write to seek clarification of the timeline of the investigation," Smith wrote on Tuesday, asking FBI Director Robert Mueller to give the exact dates and scope of the investigation within two weeks.

"Has the FBI concluded that General Petraeus is not the subject of any criminal or intelligence-related investigation?" Smith asked in the letter.

A similar request for information was sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking a reply by November 26 and cooperation from the officials involved by December3.

(Reporting By Patrick Rucker; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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