Women in Petraeus Scandal Had White House Visits

Separate trips illustrate perks they enjoyed thanks to general
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 16, 2012 6:17 PM CST
This combo made from file photos shows Paula Broadwell, left, and Florida socialite Jill Kelley.   (T. Ortega Gaines/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – The two women at the center of the David Petraeus scandal—the biographer with whom he had an extramarital affair and the socialite who received worrisome emails that led investigators to uncover the illicit relationship—visited the White House on separate and apparently unrelated occasions. Neither woman met with President Obama during their visits.

  • Paula Broadwell, who was writing a book about Petraeus and eventually became his paramour, attended meetings in June 2009 and June 2011 on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is located in the White House complex, a White House official said.

  • Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite and her twin sister had two "courtesy" meals at the White House mess as guests of a midlevel White House aide in September and October, the official said. Kelley and her family also received a White House tour on the weekend before the Nov. 6 election. She couldn't resist boasting to the Tampa mayor in an email: "I was at the WH with my friends in the Administration this weekend—the stress was surreal! But glad POTUS has been reelected!"
The White House visits by Broadwell and Kelley illustrate the wide-ranging access both women enjoyed because of their ties with Petraeus, Gen. John Allen, and others in the close-knit military community. The White House official discussed their visits on condition of anonymity because the visitors logs being cited have yet to be made public. (Read more Paula Broadwell stories.)

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