Lawmaker: Reopen probe into Gen. Allen, Jill Kelley emails

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) is urging the Pentagon to reopen the investigation into whether Gen. John Allen violated military rules in his email interactions with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley.

The California Democrat says the Pentagon inspector general’s report was not thorough and failed to look into private email exchanges between the two, in an interview with USA Today published on Monday.

"The fact that they didn't even pursue accessing the private emails is very disturbing to me," Speier said. "Because it would suggest that it was an incomplete investigation at the very least. At the worst: [they were] intentionally not pursuing an investigation into whether or not there was an inappropriate relationship, secrecy, national-security breaches. Classified information."

Speier said Allen refused to turn over personal email exchanges with Kelley, limiting the probe.


Kelley and Allen's relationship came under scrutiny after Kelley complained to a friend who worked for the FBI about harassing emails she had received. Those emails were revealed to have come from Paula Broadwell, the biographer and mistress of then-CIA director David Petraeus. Broadwell was concerned that Kelley had been flirtatious toward Petraeus.

During the investigation into Petraeus, FBI investigators discovered emails between Kelley and Allen, who replaced Petraeus as top commander in Afghanistan. That led to a delay of Allen's nomination as Supreme Allied Commander for Europe as investigators examined their relationship.

The Pentagon inspector general's report later exonerated Allen, but the four star general retired earlier this year.

Speier, though, said the volume of emails exchanged between Kelley and Allen — some 3,000 between July 2010 and July 2012 — meant their private exchanges were deserving of more scrutiny.

"So that's two years, 1,500 emails a year," Speier told the newspaper. "I don't think I communicate with my husband by email more than 150 times a year. That's a lot of emails. This is a four-star general in the middle of a war zone. The most disturbing part of my discussion with them was that they requested access to his private email and were denied access and took it no further."

Kelley and Allen have maintained there was nothing improper with their relationship, and the Pentagon said in a statement to USA Today that there was nothing to suggest that the initial findings of the inspector general should be revisited.