Nightly News | November 12, 2012
>>> good evening, the damage, both personal and political, continues to pile up following the resignation of the director of the cia , retired four- star general david petraeus . easily the most celebrated general officer of a generation. and now, the questions are rolling in about the extramarital affair that led to all of this, about the e-mails that led the fbi to petraeus . and how much further this all goes. we begin our reporting of the story tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our washington news room, good evening, andrea.
>> reporter: good evening, brian, new questions tonight on why the fbi did not tell the president or the intelligence leaders about the involvement of petraeus 's acknowledged mistress for months, even on new allegations on how it began. we learned today on what was in the e-mails to jill kelley , the family friend whose call for help to the fbi kicked off the investigation. nbc news investigative correspondent michael isikoff . the e-mails could say her of associating with the generals in tampa, but they had accesses on the comings and goings of david petraeus , news that somebody had high access to information
>> reporter: kelley says his sister is a victim.
>> my sister, number one is a mother, she has three kids and is very dedicated to the kids. number two, she is a wife and has been extremely dedicated to her husband.
>> reporter: who would have access to the classified schedule? the fbi says that the trail led to the biographer, paula broadwell , seen here on a mission in 2010 . in afghanistan a military reservist and fellow west point graduate, broadwell attended the general's confirmation hearing for the cia according to petraeus 's account to friends, a few months later their affair began and lasted for ten months. broadwell often talked about her security clearances and recently about the benghazi attack, seeming to cite inside information .
>> now, i don't know if a lot of you heard this, but the cia had actually taken a couple of libya militia members prisoner, and they think the attack on the consulate was an effort to try to get the prisoners back.
>> do you have any information on that?
>> no, my staff was told about that, they were told this is not correct, we'll see. i mean, this is something we need to check out and check out carefully, and we will.
>> reporter: feinstein will chair a senate inquiry into benghazi later this week. she wants to know what was learned by the senate chief there shortly before he resign.
>> we have asked to see the trip report, one person tells me he has read it, we try to get it. it has not been done, that is unacceptable, we are entitled to that. and if we have to go to the floor of the senate on a subpoena we will do just that
>> reporter: michael rogers also wanted to know why the president didn't learn about the fbi investigation until last thursday and why they didn't learn until a day later, the day petraeus resigned. but house majority leader eric cantor learned about it two weeks earlier, from an agent who tipped off congress. petraeus 's predecessor at the cia says there is a responsibility to keep congress informed. they have repeatedly tried to reach out to broadwell , but was not successful. the kelley family has appealed for privacy not