Trump’s hypocrisy on Pe­traeus

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Ralph Roberts,

“U.S. in­ves­ti­gat­ing leak in Pe­traeus case,” Nov. 29 news story.

The fact that Don­ald Trump is ac­tu­ally in­ter­view­ing David Pe­traeus for the Cabi­net po­si­tion of sec­re­tary of state demon­strates Trump’s ut­ter hypocrisy.

Dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Trump con­tin­u­ally de­mo­nized Hil­lary Clin­ton for her use of pri­vate e-mails as sec­re­tary of state and called for her im­pris­on­ment. As re­ported in your article, the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion found “there was no ev­i­dence that Clin­ton or her aides in­tended to break the law through care­less han­dling of sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion.”

Trump is now con­sid­er­ing Pe­traeus, the for­mer CIA di­rec­tor, for the same sec­re­tary of state po­si­tion. In 2015, Pe­traeus was con­victed of mis­han­dling classified ma­te­rial by shar­ing doc­u­ments with his then lover, Paula Broad­well, know­ing it con­tained classified in­for­ma­tion. His lawyers kept him out of prison by ne­go­ti­at­ing a plea deal with the Jus­tice De­part­ment.

Trump’s con­sid­er­a­tion of Pe­traeus shows a se­ri­ous lack of judg­ment by some­one who will oc­cupy the high­est of­fice in the land.

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