Pe­traeus, pos­si­ble State pick, ad­mits to ‘se­ri­ous mis­take’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

Gen. David Pe­traeus made his case Sun­day for a po­si­tion in the Trump cabi­net, play­ing up his diplo­matic ex­pe­ri­ence while ad­mit­ting he made a “se­ri­ous mis­take” in mis­han­dling classified in­for­ma­tion.

The re­tired Army gen­eral, who’s on the short list for sec­re­tary of state, said he has apol­o­gized af­ter plead­ing guilty to a mis­de­meanor in 2012 for giv­ing classified in­for­ma­tion to his bi­og­ra­pher, with whom he was also hav­ing an af­fair.

“Five years ago I made a se­ri­ous mis­take. I ac­knowl­edged it. I apol­o­gized for it. I paid a very heavy price for it, and I’ve learned from it,” Gen. Pe­traeus told ABC’s “This Week.”

Gen. Pe­traeus, who also served as CIA di­rec­tor be­fore re­sign­ing in 2012, re­ceived a vote of con­fi­dence Sun­day from Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence, who called him “an Amer­i­can hero.”

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