Broadwell is the author, with Washington Post journalist Vernon Loeb, of “All In,” a favorable Petraeus biography. She had extensive access to Petraeus in Afghanistan.
The law enforcement officials told NBC they do not believe the FBI investigation will result in any criminal charges, and that Petraeus is not under investigation. Broadwell did not respond to telephone and email messages. Reached by phone, Loeb said he had no knowledge of whether the reports were true.
In a statement, Obama lauded Petraeus for his “extraordinary service” in the military and CIA.
He did not mention Petraeus’ indiscretion, but said his “thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.”
Holly Petraeus, a longtime advocate for military families, is assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the recently opened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Obama named Petraeus’ deputy, Michael J. Morell, as interim CIA director. Morell, a career CIA officer, served in that position briefly after Leon E. Panetta left the CIA last year to become defense secretary.
Morell was an eyewitness to two major events in recent history. As a CIA briefer, he was traveling with President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001, when news broke of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. And as deputy CIA director, he was in the Situation Room with Obama on May 1, 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
A White House official said yesterday that Morell has a close relationship with Obama, and that he frequently briefed Obama during planning for the raid that ultimately killed bin Laden.
Petraeus, who turned 60 this week, was named to head the CIA in September 2011. He retired from the military as a four-star general, having played a key role in turning around a deteriorating situation in the Iraq War, and then spending a year commanding the war in Afghanistan, to less certain effect.