U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at an event in the East Room of the White House in this April 28, 2011 file photo during Obama's announcement that then CIA Director Leon Panetta would be nominated as Secretary
Obama to proceed with Allen nomination as supreme NATO commander in Europe
Posted : Wednesday, 23 January 2013 01:19PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will go ahead with the nomination of General John Allen as supreme NATO commander in Europe now that he has been cleared of professional misconduct in a Pentagon probe, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday.
Allen got caught up in a scandal that prompted retired General David Petraeus to resign as CIA director after his affair with his biographer was exposed. A Pentagon investigation cleared Allen of any wrongdoing, prompting Obama to lift a hold on his nomination for the top NATO job.
"We intend for the nomination to proceed," said Carney.
(Reporting By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Editing by Will Dunham)
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