No Answers From Holder on Charges Against Gen. Patraeus

Mum’s the word from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder when asked on Meet the Press whether he will bring charges against Retired Gen. David Petraeus, accused of passing along classified information to his former mistress, Paula Broadwell.

NBC’s Chuck Todd asked the attorney general if he is going to make the decision to bring charges before he leaves office. Holder steered away from a clear answer:

I don’t want to comment on what is an ongoing matter. I think that anybody who shared information that led to that report did so inappropriately. The determination has yet to be made. We will just see how things play out before any final decision is made. 

Unsatisfied, Todd pressed further for a specific answer to his query, but to no avail. Holder simply replied, “This will be something that will have to be decided by the appropriate people in the Justice Department.”

Ending the segment, Todd said, “All right, I will see that as a bit of a duck there, Mr. Attorney General.”

Other political leaders have shared their disgust with the Patraeus investigation thus far, including a joint statement from Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Saturday that said it has been “grievously mishandled.”

During her appearance on Sunday’s State of the Union on CNN, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) defended Petraeus and said he should not be indicted. “This man has suffered enough, in my view,” Feinstein said, adding, “He’s the four-star general of our generation… I mean, how much do you want to punish somebody?”

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