In 2015, Petraeus pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information, which he shared with his mistress.
That alone would reportedly require a pardon for Petraeus to assume the role of national security adviser.
But so too would the terms of Petraeus’ probation, which, among other things, give his probation officer the right to search his personal and office computer.
Unless Petraeus’ probation officer has security clearance, that probably wouldn’t work. Petraeus is also required to get permission from the officer to leave North Carolina, which could get tedious given the travel required for the job. These conditions of Petraeus’s probation were highlighted by USA Today reporter Brad Heath.