General David Petraeus resigned as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after allegations came to light of his extra-marital affair with Paula Broadwell, who completed his biography. He issued a statement insisting that he resigned only because of the affair, not because he had compromised classified information by sharing it with his mistress. The CIA, Justice Department, and Congress are investigating his conduct in the matter to ensure this statement is correct. Meanwhile, Petraeus has hired top lawyer, Robert Barnett,
who is known for his work with major political figures including current President Obama and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Barnett is also known for his work with other public figures including television news correspondents and best-selling authors. He has represented performer Barbara Streisand and writer Mary Higgins Clark during his 34 years as partner with Williams & Connolly firm in Washington.
Petraeus will use Barnett to help him navigate the transition from a government career to a life in the private sector, as he has done for former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, members of Congress, and the former secretary of state Madeline Albright. While Barnett’s work has often resulted in a book deal for his clients, Politico reports that no book is planned for this particular case.