Petraeus hires leading lawyer to handle fallout from affair


Former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus has hired a top Washington lawyer to help him navigate the fallout from a career-ending affair.

The lawyer, Robert Barnett of Williams Connolly, is known for negotiating book deals for the political elite, from US President Barack Obama to one-time vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Mr Barnett will help Mr Petraeus as he exits government. The news was first reported by the website Politico, which said that no book is planned.

The CIA, the justice department and Congress are investigating Mr Petraeus’s conduct over the extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The former general has said he did not give classified information to Ms Broadwell. – (Reuters)