Bill Clinton’s (indirect) connections to Petraeus affair

By Laurie Bennett

November 21, 2012 at 12:04pm

When it comes to crisis management in sex scandals, many roads lead to Bill Clinton.

We’re not suggesting that the former president played any role in the Petraeus case, but as a survivor of one of the biggest sex scandals ever, he has connections to many of the pros brought in to handle public relations and legal issues.

One of his attorneys, Robert Barnett, is representing former CIA Director David Petraeus.

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

Paula Broadwell, who had an affair with Petraeus, has hired Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary in the Clinton administration, to handle media inquiries.

Florida socialite Jill Kelley, who initiated the FBI investigation that led to Petraeus, has hired another Clinton attorney, Abbe Lowell. She has also brought in Judy Smith, whose client list has included Monica Lewinsky.

Kelley’s twin sister, Natalie Khawam, has hired attorney Gloria Allred. The path to Clinton is a bit more indirect here, but it exists, nevertheless.

Allred represented Ginger Lee, who claimed an email relationship with former Rep. Anthony Weiner. Clinton officiated at the wedding of Weiner and Huma Abedin, who is senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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