Judy Smith Takes on Petraeus Scandal

The woman whose crisis-management firm inspired ABC's Scandal gets involved. Who needs television drama when this is real life?

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Judy Smith (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

If you thought the news that broke last week about CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation due to an extramarital affair (and all the additional complications and characters that subsequently made their way into the headlines) sounded straight out of an episode of ABC's Scandal, you weren't too far off.

Smith & Co, the real-life D.C. crisis-management firm at the center of the television drama, has reportedly been hired by Jill Kelley, the woman whose complaints about harassing emails launched the FBI investigation that led to everything being revealed. Who needs television drama when this is real life? From Ebony:

Jill Kelley, the Florida woman who Sunday was identified as the person who sparked an FBI investigation that uncovered CIA Director General David Petraeus' extramarital affair, has enlisted the help of Washington-based crisis firm Smith & Co., according to news reports 

Smith & Co. didn't respond to a request for comment. USA Today reported that Ms. Kelley and her husband, Scott, hired Smith & Co.'s founder, PR maven Judy Smith, and attorney Abbe Lowell. Fox News, in writing about the FBI probe, also noted Smith & Co.'s new role in working with the Kelley family.

Details in the Petraeus scandal have been continually revealed since the scandal broke Friday, but many questions remain. The Senate Intelligence Committee will investigate why the FBI failed to immediately tell the White House and Congress when it discovered that ex-CIA director had an extramarital affair.

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