Josh Lederman of the Associated Press highlights the timeline of events that brought down retired general David Petraeus’s celebrated career, according to the officials involved in the investigation.
Spring 2006 — Paula Broadwell met Petraeus at Harvard University where she was a graduate student. Petraeus was a lieutenant general working on a manual about counterinsurgency and was invited to give a speech about his experiences in Iraq. Next
Jan. 2007 — The Senate confirmed Petraeus as the commanding general for US troops in Iraq.
Pictured: Petraeus spoke during his nomination hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on Jan. 23, 2007. The committee held the hearing on the nomination of Army Lieutenant General David Petraeus to take over as commander of the multinational forces in Iraq. Next
2008 — Broadwell initiated a case study of Petraeus’s leadership. On a visit to Washington, Petraeus invited Broadwell to join him and his team for a run along the Potomac River.
Pictured: Petraeus spoke on a range of issues at the forum titled “21st Century Leadership: Lessons from the US Military” during a forum at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the campus of Harvard University on April 21, 2009. Next
October 2008 — Petraeus was named commander of US Central Command, based at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Fla., where Jill Kelley and her husband attended social events alongside the area’s military elite.
Petraeus, left, attended a change of command ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base on Oct. 31, 2008. Next
June 30, 2010 — The Senate confirmed Petraeus as the new commander for war in Afghanistan. Over the next year, Broadwell expanded her research of Petraeus into an authorized biography. She made multiple trips to Afghanistan and was given unprecedented access to Petraeus and his commanders.
Pictured: Paula Broadwell flew with Petraeus to Helman Province, Afghanistan, in June 2011. Next
Sept. 6, 2011 — Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director with his wife, Holly, by his side. Broadwell kept in contact with Petraeus and was later invited to his office for events, including a meeting with actress Angelina Jolie.
November 2011 — Petraeus began an extramarital affair with Broadwell, according to retired Army colonel Steve Boylan.
Pictured: Vice President Joe Biden swore in Petraeus as director of the CIA in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. Next
Jan. 24, 2012 — Broadwell’s biography, “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” was released. Next
Jan. 30, 2012 — In an interview with her hometown paper, the Bismarck Tribune, Broadwell described Petraeus as an inspirational figure who always takes care of his subordinates.
Broadwell discussed her biography of Petraeus to Daily Show host Jon Stewart on the Daily Show in New York on Jan. 25, 2012. Next
May 2012 — Kelley, a Tampa socialite, started receiving harassing e-mails. The FBI began investigating soon after.
Pictured: Jill Kelley, second from right, at her house in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 30, 2012. Next
Summer 2012 — FBI agents determined that the e-mail trail led to Broadwell. They came across a private Gmail account using a name that belonged to Petraeus. E-mails between Petraeus and Broadwell led agents to believe the two were having an affair. FBI Director Robert Mueller was notified. At some point during the investigation, the FBI interviewed Petraeus and Broadwell.
July 2012 — The affair between Petraeus and Broadwell ended, according to Petraeus’s friend Boylan.
Pictured: Robert Mueller, left, with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, center, and Petraeus as they testified before a Senate (Select) Intelligence hearing on “World Wide Threats” on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 31, 2012. Next
Late summer 2012— Attorney General Eric Holder was notified. By this time, the FBI had long since concluded there was no national security breach, but continued investigating whether Petraeus had any role in the harassing e-mails sent to Kelley. Next
Oct. 27, 2012 — House majority leader Eric Cantor got a call from an FBI employee notifying him of the affair. Representative Dave Reichert, Republican of Washington, arranged the call after receiving a tip from another FBI official.
The week of Oct. 29, 2012 — Petraeus and Broadwell were both interviewed for a second time by the FBI. By this point, both had acknowledged the affair to the FBI.
Oct. 31, 2012 — Cantor’s chief of staff called the FBI chief of staff to inform him of the call.
Pictured: Cantor, left, reviewed possible recovery operations from Hurricane Sandy in Sandston, Va., on Oct. 28, 2012. Next
Tuesday, Nov. 6 — As Americans cast their ballots on Election Day, the Justice Department informed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of the investigation. Clapper called Petraeus and urged him to resign.
Wednesday, Nov. 7 — The White House was first notified about the affair involving Petraeus. The retired general turned 60.
Thursday, Nov. 8 —President Obama, having returned from Chicago, was told of the affair. Petraeus met with Obama at the White House and asked to resign.
Friday, Nov. 9 — Obama accepted Petraeus’s resignation. News of the resignation broke before Congress was briefed. Broadwell’s husband e-mailed guests to cancel her 40th birthday party, scheduled for that weekend. By the evening, Broadwell had been publicly identified. Next
Saturday, Nov. 10 — Broadwell’s book, ranked 76,792 on Amazon the day before, jumped to 111. Next
Sunday, Nov. 11 — Lawmakers complained in televised interviews that the FBI didn’t alert them sooner to the investigation. Kelley’s identity is revealed by the Associated Press, and she issued a statement asking for privacy. Back to the beginning
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