Paula Broadwell at Harvard — “Self-Promoter”

From “Broadwell fell short of aims at Harvard,” Callum Borchers, Bryan Bender, and Tracy Jan, Boston Globe:

One of Broadwell’s former professors at Harvard described her as a self-promoter who would routinely show up at office hours.

“It was very much, ‘I’m here and you’re going to know I’m here,’ ” said the professor, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of ongoing investigations. “She was not someone you would think of as a critical thinker. I don’t remember anything about her as a student. I remember her as a personality.”

The professor said when Petraeus chose Broadwell to write his biography, there was shock among the national security faculty at Harvard because “she just didn’t have the background — the academic background, the national security background, or the writing background.”

As You’d Expect, Holder Knew

Like me, you’ve probably been wondering when Attorney General Eric Holder learned about the FBI investigation that uncovered Gen. Petraeus’ affair.  He found out late this summer.

So when Eric Cantor went to FBI Director Mueller with the FBI whistle-blower in October, Mueller’s boss Holder already knew, so I assume Cantor wasn’t giving Mueller new info, he was telling him, “I know what you know, and if you don’t get it out, I will.”

Did GOP Force Out Petraeus?

Still a lot more questions than answers on the Petraeus “affair” in both the personal and political sense, but it looks as if he may have been forced out because of the GOP.  That’s interesting because the GOP claims that the timing of his resignation is suspicious, given the Benghazi hearing later this week.

They can’t both instigate his resignation and accuse the Administration of trying to keep him from testifying.  Well, of course, they can, since they’re the GOP, and this is how they roll, with no concern for coherence, but we saw how much good such tactics did Mitt.

As for the GOP being behind his firing, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office admits that Cantor learned about the FBI investigation that had ensnared Petraeus from GOP Congressman Dave Reichert of Washington.  An FBI whistle-blower had contacted Reichert.  The whistle-blower then talked to Cantor, who got him directly to FBI Director Robert Mueller.

I’m inferring that the FBI investigation had uncovered the affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, but no security breach or criminal activity involving Petraeus, and so was not going to notify the CIA or Congress or the White House.  It sounds as if the whistle-blower disagreed with this result and, bucking his superiors, went to Congress himself.  Once Reichert and Cantor got involved, Mueller couldn’t let it lie, setting off the chain of events that led to Petraeus’ resignation.

So the GOP claim that Obama wanted to make Petraeus go away because of Benghazi is BS.  And I believe Petraeus will end up testifying anyway, just not this Thursday.