Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus could face criminal charges for passing classified information to his former mistress. The U.S. Justice Department is in the process of deciding whether or not the former CIA Director Petraeus will be charged with sharing classified materials with his former mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell.
According to reports, senior-level Justice Department officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder have information from a long-running investigation in their hands. They will use that information to determine whether or not to charge the former four-star Army general David Petraeus with criminal charges.
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Did Former Army General David Petraeus Share Classified Information?
You may remember Petraeus as the mastermind of U.S.-troop buildup in Iraq – the troop “surge” which successfully helped reduce violence in Iraq. David Patraeus – who was once thought of as a possible U.S. presidential candidate – retired from Army and became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Petraeus stepped down from his post after it was revealed that he had an affair with Paula Broadwell – a former Army intelligence officer. After the affair scandal seemed to wind down, there were reports that FBI agents questioned Petraeus at home about the handling of classified information and whether he shared that information with Broadwell. And according to at least one law enforcement official, FBI agents did find a substantial number of classified documents on Broadwell’s computer and at her home.
American Hero Petraeus in Limbo
While we are just now hearing about possible criminal charges for David Petraeus, members of Congress have been updated about the slow progress of the investigation for some time now. In fact, some members of Congress are frustrated with the slow pace of the investigation and saying enough is enough – it is time to charge him or move on.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Associated Press, “We need clarity one direction or another — either charge and prosecute him or declare his innocence and let him get on with his life. What’s intolerable is to have an American hero in limbo for literally years.”
When asked why the Petraeus investigation was taking so long, FBI Director James Comey said he could answer that question, but would not.