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Paula Broadwell's Charlotte Home Is Searched By FBI For 4 Hours

Robert Lahser

Three days after Paula Broadwell of Charlotte emerged at the center of national controversy, FBI agents spent four hours Monday night searching her family’s Dilworth home.

While investigating an email harassment complaint over the summer and this fall, the FBI had found classified information on Broadwell’s computer. The FBI concluded the information did not come from David Petraeus, who was CIA director until his sudden resignation Friday.

The FBI has said no charges are expected related to the email harassment or Petraeus himself, but the agency has not said whether they are finished investigating Broadwell. Monday night’s search indicates the investigation continues.

About eight to 10 agents brought cardboard boxes used for carrying papers and were on both floors of the home for the search, which began shortly before 9 p.m. About two dozen members of the local and national media gathered. It wasn’t immediately clear what the agents were focused on. The search ended at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday.

The agents appeared to start their search in the kitchen at the rear of the house, turning on lights as they moved into different rooms. Two hours into the search, lights appeared to be turned on in most rooms. After midnight, an agent walked out of the kitchen and retrieved boxes from a Chevy Malibu parked outside. She didn’t comment.

Just after 1 a.m., about eight FBI agents came out of the house with a half-dozen file boxes, a Dell PC, an iMac, a briefcase and a printer. The agents left at 1:09 a.m. The agents declined to comment on what they found. CONTINUE READING AT THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.