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01/11/2015 10:22 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2015

Dianne Feinstein Urges Government Not To Seek David Petraeus Indictment

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urged the Department of Justice not to bring criminal charges against former CIA Director David Petraeus over his handling of classified information.

"This man has suffered enough in my view," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, explaining why she doesn't think Attorney General Eric Holder should seek an indictment.

Petraeus "made a mistake," added the senator, who is vice chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "But … it's done, it's over. He's retired. He's lost his job. How much does the government want?"

On Friday, The New York Times reported that prosecutors recommended that Holder charge Petraeus.

Petraeus is suspected of illegally sharing classified materials with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer with whom he was having an affair. Federal agents found classified documents on Broadwell's computer and at her home, raising the question of how she obtained those materials.

Petraeus resigned from his position in November 2012. The retired four-star general, who served as commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, has denied the accusations that he provided classified information to Broadwell and has signaled that he wouldn't take a plea deal to avoid a trial. He apologized for his extramarital affair after he resigned.

Holder, who plans to step down from his position after his successor is confirmed by the Senate, had been expected to make a decision about an indictment by the end of last year. The attorney general told CBS' "Face the Nation" that he expects "a matter of this magnitude" would be decided "at the highest level" of the Justice Department.

Holder's approach is being scrutinized because the Justice Department, under his leadership, has embarked on an unprecedented crackdown on government officials who reveal secrets to journalists.

Some supporters of Petraeus have objected to how the investigation has been handled. On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that though he doesn't know if Petraeus is guilty or innocent, it is "a violation" of the general's rights to have information about the investigation leaked to the media.

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