Feinstein: Petraeus 'Has Suffered Enough'

By Susan Jones | January 12, 2015 | 10:23am EST

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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Gen. David Petraeus should not be prosecuted for possibly sharing classified information with his married lover.

The New York Times reported that prosecutor have recommended prosecution, but the final decision is up to Attorney General Eric Holder:

"This man has suffered enough, in my view," Feinstein told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"He's the four-star general of our generation. I saw him in Iraq. He put together the Army field manual. He put together the awakening (surge) and how it worked out. He, I think, is a very brilliant man.

"People aren't perfect. He made a mistake. He lost his job as CIA director because of it. I mean, how much do you want to punish somebody? Now, I don't know whether he directly gave material to her or not. I know she had access to classified data by her own classification. So, it's murky.

"But, be that as it may, it's done. It's over. And he's retired. He's lost his job. I mean, how much does government want?"

Attorney General Holder told NBC's "Meet the Press" he didn't want to comment on an "ongoing matter," and he said the leak to The New York Times was inappropriate.

"The determination has yet to be made. And we will just see how things play out before any final decision is made," he said.

Holder told CBS's "Face the Nation" that a decision won't come until "all of the evidence has been acquired, all of the evidence has been reviewed, when it has been gone over with people who are the subjects of the investigation and with their lawyers. And so, at the appropriate time, the proper people within the Justice Department will make determinations as to what, if any, action should occur."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CNN it is wrong to leak information that should remain confidential until a decision to prosecute is made.

"It's a violation of any citizen's rights to have that information leaked, much less a man, as Dianne Feinstein just said, that is a genuine American hero.

"And, by the way, I don't know if there's guilt or innocence. I might add, as an aside, classified information is leaked to the media every day in our nation's capital."

McCain said Petraeus is one of the nation's great military leaders: "Ask anybody who served under him...He was an architect of the surge which turned Iraq around. He may have saved thousands of American -- young Americans' lives.

"And, obviously, he deserves better treatment than have a leak to The New York Times about a recommendation, which is a violation of his rights and any citizen's rights."

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