Pentagon Flags 60 Emails in Jill Kelley Inquiry
As big-time lawyer defends client in Petraeus scandal
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 6:52 AM CST
Updated Nov 28, 2012 7:53 AM CST
In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla. S   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

(Newser) – The Pentagon inspector general’s office didn't take the Gen. John Allen-Jill Kelley email exchange lightly, assigning 15 investigators toiling seven days a week to review the thousands of pages of documents. They've now sussed out between 60 and 70 emails that "bear a fair amount of scrutiny," according to a defense official, who didn't elaborate on what those emails might contain. The New York Times reports the purpose of the investigation, which likely won't conclude until 2013, is to determine if one of three violations occurred: misconduct (ie, adultery or inappropriate language), substantial use of government property for personal matters, or a security breach.

Those investigators aren't the only ones getting busy. A previously silent Kelley is now defending herself, through her attorney. Abbe Lowell, a big-time Washington lawyer who has represented Bill Clinton and John Edwards, yesterday released emails, phone recordings, and more evidence that, he says, prove Kelley did not try to exploit her relationship with David Petraeus. He also sent out three letters connected to the scandal, the AP reports:

  • He asked the US Attorney's Office in Tampa why Kelley's name was released in the first place, adding that federal privacy laws could apply.
  • He wrote another letter to a businessman Kelley was trying to help make a deal with South Korea, before she lost her honorary consul status. The businessman, Adam Victor, has said in interviews that Kelley was not a skilled negotiator, and Lowell says he defamed her in an attempt to bask in his "15 minutes of fame."
  • In a letter to the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (which fields complaints about lawyers), Lowell accuses attorney Barry Cohen of talking publicly about conversations he had with Kelley in 2009, thus breaking attorney-client privilege.

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Nov 28, 2012 8:51 AM CST
Tantalizing Tampa temptress Jill Kelley is a terrible tigress when teased or tormented. She will slash & claw her way back to respectablity and re-entry to top military & social circles. Can't wait for her first prime-time interview. She is lovely, but never lascivious.
Nov 28, 2012 8:18 AM CST
She is another crook out of the sunshine state. Whoopie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 28, 2012 7:45 AM CST
Well I'm sure honest Abbe will not come cheap. Is this the same Jill Kelley that is supposed to be bankrupt ? There she goes again lying like a rug. Sounds like she's not so bankrupt as she claims , or maybe honest Abbe better check her financial status before getting caught up in the case. Well what do you know, she just found another 156,000 she swindled off of some unsuspecting contributors to her bogus cancer cause. Or maybe she's working on another scam for the sick and hungry in Africa. Sounds like the Pentagon needs to do some early spring cleaning. Time to throw out the trash.