The FBI moved in to search Paula Broadwell’s house in North Carolina overnight as the investigation into the former mistress and biographer of the disgraced CIA head David Petraeus deepened.
The CIA also denied Broadwell’s claims in a recent public appearance that the agency had been illegally holding Libyan prisoners in secret in the Benghazi consular complex, and that was why it was attacked in September. She also claimed Petraeus knew all about it.
This was less than two months before President Obama faced the electoral fight of his life. Sensing they were denied a campaign opportunity, several Republicans are now wondering why an investigation that began in the summer is only coming out now, after the presidential election.
But Petraeus is not the only top soldier who liked to pen spicy e-mails to Broadwell. Petraeus’s successor in Afghanistan General John Allen is now implicated, and he also reportedly sent tens of thousands to the other woman and trigger in the affair, Jill Kelley, a State Department official.
It was Kelley’s demand the FBI protect her from Broadwell’s jealousy, expressed via internet hate mail, that led to the initial investigation at the start of the summer. The affair with Petraeus, and “inappropriate language” in exchanges with Allen was discovered after the FBI went through Broadwell’s e-mails. The investigation concluded by the late summer, by which time Broadwell and Petraeus had ended their affair.
The FBI then told Attorney General Eric Holder, but it seems the White House was kept out of the loop. President Obama says he was only told last Thursday, the day before Petraeus resigned and the story went public.
The FBI concluded Broadwell had had access to classified material, including data on the Benghazi attack, but that she was no security risk. Maybe not some are saying, but what about an electoral risk?
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