Wow, what is it about Afghanistan commanders and scandals?
Gen. John Allen’s hearing for confirmation as head of the U.S. European Command is on hold pending an investigation into allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with Jill Kelley, one of the women identified in retired Gen. David Petraeus’ affair scandal, a senior defense official said Monday.
The Department of Defense Inspector General’s office is scouring at least 20,000 pages of emails and other documents related to the allegations, the senior defense official told reporters, adding that Allen denies any wrongdoing.
Allen is the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, was nominated last month to succeed him.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta learned Sunday evening that the FBI had discovered the communications, which began in 2010, and referred the investigation to the DOD Inspector General on Monday.
Panetta has told the Senate and House Armed Services committees about the ongoing investigation and asked Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to put Allen’s confirmation meeting on hold, while moving forward quickly with Dunford’s confirmation. Both men were scheduled to appear before Congress on Thursday. [Stars & Stripes]
Looking at General Allen’s Wikipedia page I could not find any information on whether he is married or not, but regardless she is married which will cause General Allen to face discipline if the allegations are true. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.