Excerpted from The New York Daily News: Philandering former Army Gen. David Petraeus has remained a trusted White House adviser despite copping to sharing classified information with his mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell — and lying to the FBI about it, according to reports.
Petraeus, who no longer has CIA security clearance, has been advising the National Security Council and the Obama administration on Iraq and ISIS since last summer, Newsweek reported Saturday.
The former CIA director and Iraq war hero has enjoyed a cushioned fall from grace after being charged with only one count of mishandling classified information in a plea green-lit by Attorney General Eric Holder this month — a move blasted by critics as a sweetheart deal.
The four-star retired general, once touted as a possible presidential candidate, faces only a $40,000 fine and probation after copping to the misdemeanor charge.
Petraeus is due back in court for a hearing on the deal April 27, in Charlotte, N.C.
Prosecutors and FBI special agents that worked the case are livid the 62-year-old military hero didn’t face felony charges. Keep reading
Excerpted from Newsweek: Disgraced former Army Gen. David Petraeus remains a trusted White House adviser, despite admitting to sharing highly classified information with his erstwhile mistress Paula Broadwell and lying to the FBI about it.
A White House official confirmed to Newsweek, on condition of anonymity, that the former CIA director and Iraq war hero has been advising the National Security Council on Iraq and the Islamic State, known as ISIS, since last summer. He no longer has a CIA security clearance, a government official said.
Petraeus has long led a charmed life with the Obama administration. While several other low-ranking national security officials have been prosecuted on espionage charges for leaking information, Petraeus was charged with only one count of mishandling classified information, under a plea deal approved this month by Attorney General Eric Holder–and fiercely opposed by prosecutors.
According to Justice Department documents filed with his plea agreement, Petraeus admitted not only that he kept highly classified information in his unsecured home after he resigned from the CIA, but he shared with Broadwell several of his personal “black books,” 5-by-8-inch personal diaries that contained highly sensitive information. When questioned by the FBI, he admitted that he lied–a felony–but he was only charged with a misdemeanor.
A hearing on the plea deal is set for April 27 in Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of Broadwell, who began an affair with Petraeus after she started interviewing him for a biography. While judges routinely rubber-stamp such deals between prosecutors and defendants, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler could decide to ditch the lenient arrangement Petraeus’s attorneys negotiated–a $40,000 fine and probation–in favor of something stiffer, a knowledgeable government official said. The judge could sentence him to up to a year in prison, a $100,000 fine and five years’ probation.
The prosecutors and FBI special agents who worked on the case reportedly wanted Petraeus charged with a felony. But the administration put on the brakes, according to some close observers, in order to keep Petraeus from joining other top former officials, such as former defense secretary Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, who ran both the Pentagon and CIA under President Barack Obama, in criticizing the president’s handling of foreign policy. The four-star retired general, once touted as a possible presidential candidate, is one of the few U.S. commanders to emerge from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with high approval ratings.
Petraeus could not immediately be reached for comment and the White House refused further comment.
The Petraeus case is studded with curiosities. By choosing not to file a criminal complaint against Petraeus, which would almost certainly be supported with a detailed affidavit from the FBI, the Justice Department avoided airing even more embarrassing details about what was contained in his “black books.” But the department’s 15-page statement of facts was suggestive enough: In a taped August 4, 2011 interview with Broadwell, his biographer and mistress, Petraeus can be heard saying of his black books, “They’re really–I mean they are highly classified, some of them. They don’t have [top secret] on it, but I mean there’s code word stuff in there.” Keep reading