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2 women in Petraeus scandal visited White House

WASHINGTON -- The two women at the center of the David Petraeus scandal visited the White House on separate and apparently unrelated occasions. Neither met with President Barack Obama during their visits, a White House official said.

Paula Broadwell, who was writing a book about Petraeus and eventually became his paramour, attended meetings in June 2009 and June 2011 on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy, the official said.

Jill Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., socialite who initiated the investigation that revealed the affair, and her twin sister had two "courtesy" meals at the White House mess as guests of a midlevel White House aide in September and October, the official said. Kelley and her family also received a White House tour on the weekend before the Nov. 6 election.

The visits illustrate the wide-ranging access both women enjoyed because of ties with Petraeus, Gen. John Allen and others in the military community.-- AP


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