Petraeus’ mistress hunkered down in D.C. as sex scandal intensifies

Gen. David Petraeus' alleged mistress Paula Broadwell stayed at her brother's Mount Pleasant home.
Generals Scandal Paula Broadwell is seen in the kitchen of her brother's house in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Broadwell is CIA Director David Petraeus' biographer, with whom he had an affair that led to his abrupt resignation last Friday. It was Broadwell's threatening emails to Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who is a Petraeus family friend, that led to the FBI's discovery of communications between Broadwell and Petraeus indicating they were having an affair.
Petraeus-Biographers and Subjects FILE - This July 13, 2011, photo made available on the International Security Assistance Force's Flickr website shows the former Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus, left, shaking hands with Paula Broadwell, co-author of his biography "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus." The affair between retired Army Gen. David Patraeus and author Paula Broadwell is but an extreme example of the love/hate history between biographers and their subjects.
Petraeus Resigns Broadwell Home FBI agents leave the home of Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation as CIA director, after a search in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
Petraeus Resigns Bradwell Home An FBI agent carries boxes to the home of Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with retired Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation as CIA director, in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
Jill Kelley, David Petraeus Jill Kelley leaves her home Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen. David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell. She serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located.
Gen. John Allen File - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, U.S. General John Allen stands during a media conference after a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels. In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.

Alicia Lozano,

WASHINGTON – As top officials were gathering to meet with leaders of the House Intelligence Committee about the sex scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus, his embattled biographer and alleged mistress holed up in a quiet Northwest D.C. neighborhood.

Paula Broadwell was staying at her brother’s picturesque Mount Pleasant house, attracting a media blitz to the tree-lined stretch of Park Road. TV crews, reporters and gawkers have been hunkered down outside the home since Tuesday afternoon.

“We live here and we’re not very happy,” a man who identified himself as a neighbor told WTOP. “Intrusive, you know, and nasty to us, the people who are staking out. They have been very not nice.”

DCist reports that the cream-colored house was at the center of a very different controversy in 1950. Dr. Robert Deane, a black man, purchased the home just two years after the Supreme Court struck down neighborhood “covenants” restricting blacks from buying property in the formerly all-white neighborhood, according to Virtual Tourist. The neighbors sued and lost, and Deane lived there until his death in 2001.

A jogger in Rock Creek Park also recently discovered a North Carolina driver’s license belonging to Broadwell, according to U.S. News and World Report. Her attorney, Robert F. Muse, confirmed that his client had previously lost her ID while out for a run.

Broadwell has remained silent on her role in the expanding CIA sex scandal, which has grown to involve Florida socialite Jill Kelley, who Broadwell reportedly perceived to be her romantic rival, and decorated military commander Gen. John Allen, who allegedly exchanged “flirtatious” emails with Kelley.

But Broadwell’s silence has not exempted her from public scrutiny. The Washington Examiner recently compiled a list of her “best” tweets:

Meanwhile, Petraeus has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. A date has not been set.

Listen to an interview below of Paula Broadwell from KJR/95.7 Seattle’s Bob Rivers Show from before the scandal broke:

This story has been modified to say that Broadwell’s license was “recently discovered” in Rock Creek Park.

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