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