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General David Petraeus possibly faces criminal charges

DOJ and FBI recommend felony charges for passing classified materials

Eric Holder and the Justice Department along with the FBI on Friday have recommended bringing felony charges against former CIA director David Petraeus on Friday night. The charges stem from Petraeus passing classified information to his former mistress, Paula Broadwell. Petraeus resigned as CIA director after it was revealed he was having an affair in 2012. He has been under investigation since his resignation for passing information to Broadwell. The New York Times first reported the potential of Petraeus facing charges.

Petraeus has been routinely interviewed by FBI agents at his home in downtown Arlington, Virginia. Part of the investigation centered on whether Petraeus had given Broadwell sensitive information and whether those documents were stored in an unauthorized place. Petraeus is most famous for leading the 101st Airborne Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He later went on to lead all forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. F.B.I. agents discovered classified documents on her computer after Mr. Petraeus resigned from the C.I.A. in 2012. Petraeus continues to deny providing classified information to Broadwell. Mr Holder was scheduled to decide by the end of 2014 whether to bring charges against Petraeus but has failed to indicate how he plans to proceed which has frustrated Justice officials. Read More at


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