Senate Intelligence Chairman Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) explained on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that former CIA Director David Petraeus cheated on his wife because after retiring from the U.S. Army as a four star general he no longer had an entourage and a driver and had to wash his own dishes when he got home from work.
“Here’s a man, and you see TimeMagazine, and you see the medals he has. You see the stars,” said Feinstein. “One day, he takes all of that off. He’s in a plain blue suit like this. He looks no different from you or you or you.”
“Having said that,” Feinstein said, “there’s no entourage. There’s no driver. He gives an order at the CIA. There’s discussion. There’s flak. People don’t like this.
“And then he goes home to wash dishes,” she said. “It is a major adjustment. I think we need to look at this transitioning of people. I think we need to look at our tours.”
Feinstein added: “Now, this is not an excuse.”
Host David Gregory then countered: “You’re getting closer to excusing men for behaving badly.”
“I am not. I’m not excusing him,” Feinstein said. “As you look at it, it became more complicated. I think he did the right thing in resigning.”
Petraeus, who has been married for 37 years, resigned as CIA director on Nov. 8 after it was revealed that an FBI investigation had discovered his adulterous affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, who is 20 years younger than him and a reserve Army officer.