Did Petraeus Already Lose His Clearance?

November 9, 2012 11:55 a.m.

Hard for me to imagine that the President could waive this sort of thing. But maybe not. From a TPM Reader who does federal employment law …

I’m a federal employment lawyer who has done a good amount of security clearance work. Petreaus simply could not continue as CIA Director. Even if they eventually found that he was not at risk for facing what is called “duress” in security clearance law, his security clearance would be immediately suspended pending investigation. Indeed, I have no doubt that his clearance has already been suspended and an investigation will happen to find out if any loss of information occurred. There is no way that he could continue.

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