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Broadwell hires Washington PR firm to deal with Petraeus affair fall-out (+video)

The women involved in the Petraeus scandal have hired high-profile representation. Paula Broadwell has hired a well-known Washington communications firm, and Jill Kelley hired a prominent lawyer who once represented John Edwards.

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As an Army reserve officer involved in military intelligence, Broadwell had a security clearance that allowed her to handle sensitive documents. However, she would still have to comply with strict rules that lay out how sensitive materials must be protected.

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Broadwell's security clearance has now been suspended. She could have it revoked and face harsher penalties if it is found that she mishandled classified data.

Broadwell returned to her home in CharlotteNorth Carolina, on Sunday for the first time since the scandal erupted on Nov. 9 with Petraeus's sudden resignation. Along with her husband and two children, she was greeted by close friends and neighbors.

"It's tough," said neighbor Sarah Curme. "Her primary focus is her husband and her kids. I think that's where they are now."

Glover Park is the latest high-profile adviser hired by a figure in the scandal.

Kelley is being represented by one of Washington's most prominent trial lawyers, Abbe Lowell, a family friend who has represented former U.S. Senator John Edwards and disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Kelley also has enlisted Judy Smith, a well-known crisis PR manager who is the model for the ultra-effective fixer and spin doctor Olivia Pope in the ABC TV drama "Scandal."

Petraeus has hired Washington lawyer, Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly LLP, to help him navigate the fallout from his career-ending affair with Broadwell.

Barnett is known for negotiating book deals for the political elite, from President Barack Obama to one-time vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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