WASHINGTON, December 05, 2016 – As Donald Trump continues the hunt to find the next Secretary of State, David Petraeus has taken center stage to plead his case. Petraeus appeared on ABC’s This Week to discuss his conviction for mishandling classified information.
Petraeus told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he’s paid a heavy price for his mistakes.
“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,” he said. “And, again, they’ll have to factor that in and also obviously 38-and-a-half years of otherwise fairly — in some cases — unique service to our country in uniform and then at the CIA and then some four years or so in the business community.”
Trump aide Kellyanne Conway confirmed that Trump is still considering other candidates for the position.
“It is true that he’s broadened the search, and the secretary of State is an incredibly important position for any president. There is not a finite list of finalists only because he will interview with additional candidates early this week.”
Donald Trump has narrowed down the list to four candidates including Senator Bob Corker, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and David Petraeus former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 6, 2011, until his resignation on November 9, 2012 and former 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
In 2012 Petraeus pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after giving journals containing classified information to his biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell. At the time FBI Director James Comey said his actions were worse than what Hillary Clinton was accused of in receiving classified emails on her private email server.
Petraeus is currently on probation, so he would need approval from his probation officer in order to leave the state to serve as Secretary of State. Vice President-elect Mike Pence defended Petraeus saying he is an American hero and has paid the consequences for his mistakes.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham publicly praised Mr. Petraeus saying he was well qualified and said his confirmation would not be hindered because his guilty plea and forced resignation as CIA director.
Trump met with Petraeus in New York and later said he was very impressed.