Pentagon tells Senate it won’t demote retired Gen. Petraeus

This Aug. 17, 2012 photo shows CIA Director David Petraeus during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it won’t demote David Petraeus.

The retired Army general pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information while CIA director.

That incident stemmed from an affair with his biographer.

The Defense Department has told a Senate committee that the army has completed its review of Petraeus’ case and has recommended no additional action.

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Ash Carter “considers this matter closed.”

Media reports had surfaced that indicated the Pentagon was considering downgrading Petraeus to a three-star general. Such a move, if taken, would have reduced his retirement salary.

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