The Petraeus Women Hire Heavy-Hitter Defense Counsel
By Elizabeth Murphy | November 13, 2012 2:00 pm

The woman who had an affair with ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and and her apparent rival both have retained defense lawyers with experience handling high-profile political sex scandals.

Robert F. Muse

Petraeus biographer and former mistress Paula Broadwell has called on Robert F. Muse of Stein, Mitchell, Muse & Cipollone LLP.

Muse represented Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.), who tearfully resigned in 1995 after a Senate Ethics Committee investigation described his alcohol-fueled unwanted advances to female Capitol Hill staffers, lobbyists, and others. Muse’s law partner Jacob Stein represented Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern who had a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. Muse has also worked extensively on the Hill, serving as staff attorney with the Senate Watergate Committee and, more recently, as general counsel with the Special Senate Committee to Investigate Hurricane Katrina.

Abbe Lowell

Jill Kelley, Petraeus’s friend and the recipient of harassing emails from Broadwell, has retained Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Lowell successfully defended former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, acquitted in May of one count relating to allegations he’d used campaign funds to cover up his affair and child with Rielle Hunter. The other charges against Edwards were dropped.

Lowell also served as Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the House impeachment of Clinton for lying about his sexual relationship with Lewinsky. (The Senate later acquitted Clinton).

Lowell has represented a number of  other scandal-ridden pols, including former Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) and former California Rep. Gary Condit (D). Ensign resigned from Congress in 2011 amid an ethics investigation of his extramarital affair with the wife of a former political aide. Condit became the prime suspect in the 2001 murder investigation of intern Chandra Levy, with whom he was having an affair. Condit lost his reelection bid in 2002 in large part due to the media firestorm. Ingmar Guandique, a convicted felon, was found guilty of the Levy’s murder in 2010.

Lowell served in the Justice Department from 1977 to 1981 in a number of roles, including special assistant to the Attorney General.

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