CNN is reporting that the DOD Inspector General has cleared U.S. Gen. John Allen of alleged "inappropriate communications" in connection with thousands of emails he exchanged with a Florida socialite involved in the David Petraeus scandal.
Citing an unnamed Department of Defense official, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said on Tuesday that the allegations against Allen proved to be unsubstantiated.
At the same time, Blitzer reported that the White House has not yet indicated whether it plans to move forward with Allen’s nomination as the commander of U.S. European Command and the top NATO general. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta put that nomination on hold in November.
Petraeus resigned from his post as CIA director after acknowledging an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The FBI learned of the affair as it investigated anonymous, harassing emails, ultimately traced to Broadwell, that were sent to Kelley.
The FBI investigation also turned up the emails between Allen and Kelley.
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