Paula Broadwell speaks publicly for the first time about the extramarital affair that led to the CIA director’s resignation
The woman whose affair with David Petraeus cost the four-star general his job as CIA director has spoken of her remorse over her role in the scandal.
Six months after Paula Broadwell’s personal relationship with her subject became public knowledge, she has given her fullest comments yet regarding the extramarital relationship.
“I have remorse for the harm that this has caused, the sadness it has caused in my family and other families and for causes that we belong to,” she told North Carolina news channel WSOC-TV. She went on to credit her husband for standing by her.
The comments come two months after Petraeus publicly apologised for his part in the affair, which led to his resignation from the CIA in November.
Speaking at the University of Southern California’s annual Reserve Officers’ Training corps dinner in March, the former CIA director prefaced his address with: “Please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply I regret and apologise for the circumstances that led me to resign from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters.”
His affair with Broadwell was discovered as part of an FBI investigation into emails she had sent to another woman, seemingly under the impression that the recipient was a rival for Petraeus’s affections.
The resulting scandal toppled him from his post at the CIA. In a resignation message to staff, Petraeus admitted to displaying poor judgement in conducting the affair.
He added: “Such behaviour in unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organisation such as ours.”
For her part, Broadwell has said little publicly about the affair. Earlier this month at a YMCA prayer breakfast in Charlotte she did admit to making “some mistakes in the past”. She elaborated on this during Friday’s interview.
Meanwhile Petraeus has begun his post-government life, taking on a part-time teaching role at the University of Southern California.
Growing wildfire forces evacuation of 60,000 people in Southern California
A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuations for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.
The smoky fire exploded in size to 2,000 acres within a few hours of breaking out shortly after dawn in Orange County, south of Los Angeles. Strong gusts pushed flames along brushy ridges in Silverado Canyon toward homes in the city of Irvine, home to about 280,000 people.
Kelsey Brewer and her three roommates decided to leave their townhouse before the evacuation order came in. The question was where to go in the pandemic. They decided on the home of her girlfriend’s mother, who has ample space and lives alone.
George Conway uses reverse rhetoric to rip Trump in WaPo: ‘I believe in the president, now more than ever’
In a link-driven, satirical opinion piece for The Washington Post Monday, conservative attorney and Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway ripped Trump supporters with his reverse rhetoric by writing a parody of what one might say in defense of the president with just over a week until Election Day.
"I believe, more than ever, in the president," Conway began his post. "I believe Sleepy Joe Biden and that 'monster' Kamala D. Harris would turn America into a 'socialist hellhole,' and we’d all have 'to speak Chinese.'"
Trump inadvertently helped drive ratings up for ‘60 Minutes’ — not down
President Donald Trump tried to drive down the ratings of “60 Minutes” by posting his interview with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl before the program aired on Sunday.
Trump, who spent the week promoting his interview, helped bring in 17 million viewers who also saw the interview with former Vice President Joe Biden.
"That represents the most viewers to tune in since the infamous Stormy Daniels interview from March two years ago. During the Trump interview, Stahl grilled the President on his coronavirus response," wrote Variety.