An investigation into whether retired Army Gen.
Holder, or his successor, would have to make the final decision about whether to file felony charges. Petraeus is suspected of sharing classified information with his mistress while serving as CIA director.
Holder said he would not comment on an ongoing investigation. But he told ABC's "This Week with
Petraeus led U.S. forces in Iraq during the surge that turned the tide of the war there and is credited with drafting the military's counterinsurgency doctrine. He also commanded NATO troops in Afghanistan before taking over the CIA. He was popular politically until the affair with his biographer came to light and he resigned.
He has admitted showing poor judgment in having the affair but insisted he never gave the woman classified information. But law enforcement agents have reportedly found such material on her home computer in North Carolina.
Asked on CNN's "
"This man has suffered enough, in my view," she said. "... People aren't perfect. He made a mistake. He lost his job as CIA director because of it. I mean, how much do you want to punish somebody?"
Petraeus' attorney has not commented on the prosecutors' recommendation to file charges.