Administration Urged Not to Prosecute General Petraeusby Representative Brad Sherman
Posted on 2015-01-13
SHERMAN asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. SHERMAN. Mr. Speaker, I will be circulating a letter for
signature urging the administration not to prosecute General Petraeus.
It will ask Eric Holder to use his prosecutorial discretion to close
the file now. And if Attorney General Holder will not do so, to urge
the President to immediately pardon General Petraeus.
Keep in mind that General Petraeus has an incredible record of service to our Nation. The items he disclosed, if any, were to an Army Reserve Officer who had security clearance, and the disclosure has not gone any further. Given his record to our country, we should not be spending taxpayer dollars in this prosecution.
But here is the delicious irony. While the prosecutors accuse General Petraeus of mistakenly disclosing confidential information--maybe they are right, maybe not--they themselves have clearly and intentionally violated law and disclosed confidential information, namely that they are making a recommendation to the Attorney General that he prosecute General Petraeus. So if the Justice Department has unlimited funds to investigate and prosecute, perhaps they should start with their own ranks and at least purge their ranks of those who violate their employment responsibilities and leak confidential information.