TODAY | November 15, 2012
>>> we begin with the ever widening scandal that led to the resignation of david petraeus . andrea mitchell is here with the latest. good morning to you.
>> good morning, savannah. in his first comments on the scandal, president obama says he's withholding judgment for now on the fbi inquiry that exposed david petraeus ' personal life and forced him to resign.
>> thanks to president obama for the confidence --
>> reporter: david petraeus no longer heads the cia, but he's volunteered to testify this week to congressional benghazi hearings as new details emerge about the e-mails that helped end petraeus' career.
>> he's provided this country an extraordinary service.
>> reporter: speaking for the first time about the scandal wednesday, president obama praised petraeus for extraordinary service saying he's seen no signs of a national security breach over the course of the investigation.
>> i have no evidence at this point from what i've seen that classified information was disclosed that in any way would've had negative impact on our national security .
>> reporter: republican senators brushed off that scandal calling the attack on benghazi far more important.
>> there's the weird and the strange and the human failings in one camp. and there is a legitimate question about national security being breached in the other camp.
>> reporter: meanwhile, paula broadwell remained at her brother's home in washington on wednesday still not talking. but officials a i the investigation was triggered in may when general john allen received an e-mail from an account called kelley patrol. it warned the general to stay away from kelley . general allen forwarded it to her. on the account she shares with her husband scott thinking kelley had sent it as a joke. sources closest to kelley told the general she hadn't sent it but was concerned she was being stalked because the e-mail referred to a meeting that she and general allen scheduled in washington the next week. in june, people close to kelley say she and her husband received as many as four similar e-mails from different accounts telling jill she's up to no good and asking her husband, do you know what your wife is up to when she has dinner with general petraeus ? she turned all the e-mails including general allen 's over to a veteran fbi agent she knew. eventually investigators say all the anonymous e-mails were tracked back to paula broadwell . meanwhile, the people close to the kelleys say jill kelley never had an affair with general allen . but they say the e-mails had enough inappropriate language to warrant a defense department investigation.
>> his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are.
>> reporter: also on wednesday, the marine corps 's chief defense counsel issued a statement saying general allen plans to fully cooperate and allen wants to resolve questions about the e-mails as completely and quickly as possible.
>> and on wednesday, federal officials say the fbi continues looking through those documents they took monday night from broadwell 's home in north carolina , but so far have found no evidence of anything highly classified. still, the pentagon suspended broadwell 's security clearances. the air force base in tampa revoke jill kelley 's pass to the base.
>> thank you so much. i know you're going to have a lot more on "rock center" tonight with brian williams .