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The Hill: Petraeus Nomination Would Concern FBI

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 07:48 AM

Some FBI officials will be troubled if President-elect Donald Trump nominates former Gen. David Petraeus to be secretary of State, The Hill reports.

Ironically, it was Trump who relentlessly attacked Hillary Clinton for her handling of sensitive materials while using her private email while she was secretary of State.

Now, Petraeus, the one-time CIA director, who resigned in 2012, is under serious consideration to head the State department. He confessed to handing classified material to his biographer, who he was having an affair with, The Hill notes.

"It should and will rankle anyone who is objective and who works with classified info," The Hill quotes Ellen Glasser, a 24-year FBI veteran now teaching criminology at the University of North Florida.

"Notwithstanding his past decorated service, serving in the Cabinet is a privilege that should not be afforded to someone whose security clearance was yanked and who could not get another one the normal way."

According to the website, what particularly concerns some is that federal prosecutors maintained Petraeus intentionally misled investigators.

"One of the issues that many at the FBI would have, would be less the classification violations than the alleged lying to the FBI during the investigation," Michael German, a former FBI agent who is now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, is quoted by The Hill.

Petraeus reached a plea deal with federal officers last year. He agreed to one misdemeanor count of removing and retaining classified information and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000, according to the website.

Petraeus recently told ABC News that his critics should know he has learned from his mistakes.

"What I would say to them is what I've acknowledged for a number of years, that five years ago I made a serious mistake. I acknowledged it. I apologized for it. I paid a very heavy price for it, and I've learned from it," Petraeus told the network news.

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