The Obama administration was desperate to keep the David Patraeus sex scandal from exploding on the eve of the presidential election.
There is evidence that the FBI — who answers to Obama — may have suppressed allegations that the disgraced former CIA chief was cheating on his wife at least a week before the elections.
On Monday night, about a dozen FBI agents descended upon the home of Patraeus’ alleged mistress searching for evidence.
“The FBI is here… I think there might be more than sex involved now…” tweeted WCNC reporter Dianne Gallagher, who was outside Paula Broadwell’s Dilworth home.
Gallagher tweeted that “2 men with briefcases ran inside” Broadwell’s home at about 8:40 p.m. EST. The reporter confirmed that the 2 men were FBI agents — as were the “dozens of people” who showed up a short time later to collect evidence.
“FBI agents have been inside Paula Broadwell’s Dilworth home for about an hour now. About a dozen there, with bags/boxes, taking pics,” Gallagher wrote on Twitter.
Government officials were careful to clarify that the FBI action was a “consensual search,” and not a “raid” as Gallagher had earlier tweeted.
“Technically not a raid [because] FBI was given consent by attorney. Semantics, but still…” Gallagher tweeted.
The FBI were alerted to Patraeus’ cheating by Jill Kelley — another one of his alleged mistresses who turned over to the FBI a cache of harassing emails allegedly sent by Broadwell.
Meanwhile, the FBI is conducting a related internal investigation into the inappropriate conduct of a whistle-blowing agent who may have emailed shirtless photos to Jill Kelley before the scandal erupted in the media.
The FBI agent who was a friend of Jill Kelley was the agent that Kelley reported the threatening emails to.
FBI officials grew concerned that the “initial agent might have grown obsessed” with the case, so he was barred from investigating the case any further.
But, according to the WSJ, the agent, after being barred from the case, “contacted a member of Congress,” with his concerns that senior FBI officials (who answer to Obama) “were going to sweep the matter under the rug.”
Patraeus could face charges that he passed sensitive, classified documents to Broadwell — a violation of national security.
Prior to the elections, the Obama administration hoped to suppress explosive information that the general was sleeping with his biographer while the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi was under attack. 4 Americans lost their lives in that attack, after the Obama administration denied their request for extra security.
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