Just met with General Petraeus--was very impressed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016
For more than a year, Donald Trump exploited the Hillary Clinton email scandal, using it to attack his then-presidential rival over allegedly mishandling classified information.
It is, therefore, ironic that the president-elect is reportedly considering David Petraeus as a candidate for the U.S. secretary of state — a man who:
- Admitted to divulging state secrets to his biographer — and mistress — Paula Broadwell
- Acknowledged that he divulged state secrets “knowingly” and “deliberately”
- At one point, lied about divulging state secrets
Petraeus, a celebrated general, took over the CIA in 2011. However, he had to resign from his position in late 2012 after the controversy involving Broadwell erupted.
According to court documents, the retired general had given her “5-by-8-inch bound notebooks that contained notes from official and unofficial meetings and briefings.”
Petraeus eventually got off after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information with a $100,000 fine and two years probation.
On the other hand, Clinton, whom Trump breathlessly criticized during the presidential race over her emails, was cleared of any charges over mishandling classified information by the FBI — twice.
Even FBI Director James Comey said during a July Capitol Hill hearing that Petraeus’ case was worse than Clinton’s.
"The Petraeus case, to my mind, illustrates perfectly the kind of cases the Department of Justice is willing to prosecute," Comey told the House Oversight and Government Reform committee.
Yet, Trump thinks he is suitable to be the next secretary of state.