David Petraeus scandal causes commotion on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The unfolding scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen is causing a commotion on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers complained that they should have been told about the investigation earlier.

Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, calls the latest revelations "a Greek tragedy."

Acting CIA Director Michael Morell met with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss today to explain the CIA's understanding of events that led Petraeus to resign. That session came ahead of meetings with the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee planned for tomorrow.

Asked by reporters if there was a national security breach with the Petraeus affair, Feinstein said: "We're going to hold an inquiry. We're going to look at things. I have no evidence that there was at this time." She said she expected Petraeus to testify.

Meanwhile, the chairman and top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said their panel would go ahead with Thursday's scheduled confirmation hearing on the nomination of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is to replace Allen as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, if Allen is indeed promoted.

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