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Irony of Trump’s Choice for Secretary of State Draws Criticism from Ex-FBI Agents

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Gen. David Petraeus to be the secretary of state has drawn criticism from within the FBI.

Trump relentlessly attacked the FBI for failing to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server. But ironically, Trump wants to appoint Petraeus, who was charged after he confessed to handling classified material to his mistress and biographer. He resigned in 2012.

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

“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,” she added.

Federal prosecutors said Petraeus intentionally mislead authorities during the investigation.

“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,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who is now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

“It’s the standard that’s imposed on agents,” he said. “Even in the smallest misconduct case, what every agent knows is that the misconduct isn’t going to get you fired; it’s the lack of candor.”

Ex-CIA Director Petraeus Hid Materials in Insulation as FBI Investigated Him

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While under investigation by the FBI, former CIA Director David Petraeus hid materials in insulation in his attic, the bureau’s director James Comey said Thursday.

Comey made the statement to say that the investigation of Petraeus was different than the one into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information, Fox News reports. 

Petraeus pleaded guilty last year to sharing classified information with his biographer, with whom he had a sexual relationship.

“The Petraeus case, to my mind, illustrates perfectly the kind of cases the Department of Justice is willing to prosecute. Even there, they prosecuted him for a misdemeanor,” Comey told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“In that case, you had vast quantities of highly classified information … not only shared with someone without authority to have it, but we found it in a search warrant hidden under the insulation in his attic and then he lied to us about it during the investigation,” Comey said.

“So you have obstruction of justice, you have intentional misconduct and a vast quantity of information. He admitted he knew that was the wrong thing to do. That is a perfect illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted. In my mind, it illustrates importantly the distinction to this case.”

Pentagon Considers Demoting Retired Gen. David Patraeus After Revealing Classified Information

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Retired Gen. David Petraeus may have retired, but that doesn’t mean he’ll maintain his rank.

The Daily Beast reports that the federal government is considering retroactively demoting him for revealing classified information to his biographer-turned-mistress.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is considering whether to overrule the Army’s earlier recommendation to not demote Petraeus.

“The secretary is considering going in a different direction” from the Army, a defense official told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity.

The idea is to send a message that the general government won’t tolerate the release of classified information.

Former CIA Director Petraeus Faces Sentencing for Leaking Classified Information

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former CIA Director David Petraeus faces sentencing Thursday for allegedly leaking classified information to a mistress who was writing his biography, Reuters reports. 

The retired U.S. Army General has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

But Petraeus won’t be sent to prison because of an agreement he made with prosecutors in March to pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years of probation.

A federal judge, however, is not bound by the agreement with prosecutors.

Petraeus reigned from the CIA in 2012 following the revelation that he was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

Former CIA Director Petraeus’ Career Comeback May Be Dashed by FBI Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

By most accounts, David Petraeus is on the rise after losing his job in the wake of an extramarital affair that forced him to resign as director of the CIA.

But Bloomberg reports that Petraeus, who has secured a job at the private equity firm KKR, is still under investigation by the FBI.

Citing current and former U.S. intelligence officials, Bloomberg wrote that the FBI is still trying to determine whether Petraeus violated the law by providing classified documents to Paula Broadwell, his biographer and former lover.

Authorities said Broadwell received intelligence information that was only available to a handful of senior officials.

“It was inappropriately shared and it should never have been shared,” one former senior intelligence official said.

Despite the investigation, President Obama has defended Petraeus, saying he never endangered national security.

Socialite Jill Kelley Appears in Public After Long Absence Following Petraeus Scandal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Socialite Jill Kelley, who has shunned the limelight since the scandal that cost David Petraeus his job as head of the CIA, is reportedly back in the public eye, News Track India reports.

Kelley and her husband were spotted handing out holiday meals during a charity event on Thanksgiving.

Kelley’s complaints about receiving harassing emails led to Petraeus’ resignation.

Kelley file suit against the government, saying her privacy was violated.

Justice Department Urges Court to Toss Lawsuit Filed by Florida Socialite Jill Kelley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Florida socialite whose complaint to the FBI led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus, Lawyers.com reports.

Jill Kelley claims in a lawsuit that her reputation was tarnished when the government allegedly leaked her private e-mails to the media.

Some of the messages, according to leaks to the media, were sexually explicit.

The Justice Department claims the suit should be tossed because Kelley failed to substantial her claim that the government violated her privacy, Lawyers.com reported.

OTHER STORIES OF INTERST

FBI Continues to Investigate CIA Director Patraeus Following His Resignation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI investigation of CIA Director David Patraeus has not ended and remains active, the USA Today reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder said as much during a virtually unnoticed exchange last month with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican.

“While an extra-marital affair itself is not classified as an ‘intelligence activity,’ the investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) originated with the possible hacking of Director Petraeus’ e-mail account, an act that had the potential of compromising national intelligence,” the report says.

While Patraeus’ extra-marital affair was not “intelligence activity,” his e-mail account is another story, the USA Today wrote.