Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday Republicans would be hypocrites if they were to vote to confirm retired Gen. David Petraeus should he be nominated as secretary of state.
"I think there's going to be the problem that everything we complained about with Hillary Clinton revealing emails that were classified or not treating them appropriately are the same issues for Petraeus," Paul said, according to Roll Call reporter Bridget Bowman.
"So I don't know how we can, with a straight face, say, 'Oh, we're going to appoint someone to a cabinet position who actually pled guilty to a similar offense.'"
Petraeus is one of a handful of people in the running for the job as America's top diplomat in Donald Trump's administration. He served as CIA director from 2011 to 2012. In January 2015, it was revealed he provided classified information to the woman who was writing his biography. They were also having an affair.
Petraeus was fined $100,000 and was given a sentence of two years' probation.
Democrat Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the presidential election, was investigated for mishandling classified information via her private email server. The FBI, however, did not recommend that charges be brought against her.
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