Allen nomination on hold as he's caught up in Petraeus scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — His spokesman says President Barack Obama "thinks very highly" of Gen. John Allen.

But Allen's nomination to head U.S. European Command and be the commander of NATO forces in Europe is on hold, as investigators examine thousands of pages of documents and emails between Allen and a Florida woman, Jill Kelley.

A senior defense official describes some of the messages as "flirtatious."

Kelley is the woman who received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, who'd been having an affair with then-CIA Director David Petraeus. Those emails led investigators to uncover the affair, which forced Petraeus to resign.

One leading House lawmaker says the latest revelations are "a Greek tragedy." Peter King tells NBC that it sounds like "a Hollywood movie or a trashy novel."

The FBI is preparing a timeline for Congress about the investigation that led to the discovery of the affair involving Petraeus. Some lawmakers have said they should have been told about it earlier.

The White House wasn't informed about the FBI investigation until Election Day, although agents began investigating Petraeus months earlier.

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201-a-11-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, at news conference)-"assigned to them"-White House press secretary Jay Carney says the scandals involving former General David Petraeus and General John Allen has not dimmed the president's view of either the CIA or the Pentagon. (13 Nov 2012)

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154-v-33-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)--Congress wants to know why it was kept in the dark about the Petraeus investigation. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (13 Nov 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Jill Kelley, identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus paramour, Paula Broadwell, Tampa, Florida, graphic element on gray (13 Nov 2012)

APPHOTO FLCO102: Jill Kelley sits inside her home Tuesday, Nov 12, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell. She serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (12 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO WX203: FILE - In this July 9, 2011 file pool photo, USMC Gen. John Allen, left, and Army Gen. David Petraeus, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and incoming CIA Director, greet former CIA Director and new U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, as he lands in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool) (9 Jul 2011)

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