The revelation that the head of the Central Intelligence Agency had an extramarital affair with the woman writing his biography has sent shockwaves through Washington and has devastated his family.
Retired Gen. David Petraeus resigned last week as head of the CIA after it became known that he had an affair with his biographer in 2011, just two months after he became director of the CIA, according to a former aide.
The case and subsequent resignation from the most powerful person in the intelligence community has created a controversy that continues to stir on Capitol Hill. The FBI continues its investigation about whether any laws were broken during the affair.
Congressional leaders are steaming over the fact they were not told sooner about the affair, leading to speculation of deception and a cover-up.
Members of Congress have already stated that they would like to conduct a formal inquiry over the events surrounding the affair, as well as the FBI investigation that disclosed the affair between Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
"We received no advanced notice. It was like a lightning bolt," Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, said during a press conference.
Sources close to Petraeus and his family have insisted that the family is completely devastated over the recent developments, particularly his wife, Holly, of 38 years.
"Well, as you can imagine, she's not exactly pleased right now," retired U.S. Army Col. Steve Boylan told ABC.
"In a conversation with David Petraeus this weekend, he said that, 'Furious would be an understatement.' And I think anyone that's been put in that situation would probably agree. He deeply hurt the family," Boylan explained.
Petraeus, who resigned Friday, has two adult children, including a son who commanded an infantry platoon in Afghanistan as an Army lieutenant.