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High-level briefings were scheduled for members of Congress on Capitol Hill today, where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D), after speaking with the CIA about the growing controversy involving Generals David Petraeus and John Allen, said she "[doesn't] have any reason to think that there are any national security issues at stake in what has transpired."

However, questions remain about the nature of e-mails between General Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. One senior official says they weren't explicit but used names like "sweetheart" and "dear."

Allen denies any wrongdoing.

"No one should leap to any conclusions here," cautioned Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. "[Allen's] nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are."

Kelley is not a federal employee but suggested she had special privileges when complaining to police last weekend about reporters. "I am an honorary consul-general, so I have inviolability," she  insisted, "so I.... Should they should not be able to cross my property? I don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well?"

Kelley's initial complaint about e-mails touched off an investigation that led to the discovery of an affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, who is now believed to be at her brother's home in Washington.

Also in DC, questions remain about whether Petraeus may be called to testify about his investigation into the deaths in Libya. "It is up to Congress to make decisions about who is called to testify," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, "but the President is confident that Acting Director Morell is fully informed."

Paula Broadwell is a North Dakota native originally from Bismarck.

Broadwell has not spoken publicly about the scandal with Petraeus, and we're awaiting a statement from General Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan.


ORIGINAL STORY: TRACIE POTTS, NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON

 

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