The lawyer the woman who had an extramarital affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus thanked Tampa Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow Tuesday after the prosecutor said his office would not pursue cyberstalking charges against Paula Broadwell.
On Tuesday Muldrow announced in a letter to lawyer Robert Muse that the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida would not prosecute Broadwell for emails she sent anonymously to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, a friend of the Petraeus. That investigation later revealed the affair between Petraeus, who retired from the Army as a four-star general, and Broadwell, his biographer, which prompted Petraeus to resign his post last month.
“We are pleased with the decision, and are pleased with the professionalism of the Tampa United States Attorney’s Office, particularly Assistant United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow,” Muse told WBTV in Charlotte, N.C., and other news outlets.
The FBI had been criticized for opening the investigation at all. A friend of Kelley’s, FBI agent Frederick Humphries, pushed the probe along, despite later questions about whether the email exchange between the two women rose to a level meriting federal attention. In the course of the probe, the FBI secretly gained access to Broadwell’s emails and discovered the affair with Petraeus.
“As the target of our investigation, we believe that it is appropriate to advise your client that our office has determined that no federal charges will be brought … relating to alleged acts of cyberstalking,” Muldrow wrote in the letter to Muse.
Muldrow’s office said in a separate statement that the decision whether to prosecute is “always a serious matter.”
“The decision on whether to bring a prosecution is… one that should never be undertaken without the most thoughtful deliberation,” the statement said. “As federal prosecutors, we are guided in the discharge of our responsibilities by considerations of fairness and justice.”
Muldrow’s recent prosecutorial background lies mostly in narcotics investigations. He’s listed as the prosecutor in a number of drug trafficking and drug-related death cases. In February, he worked on a case in which Guatemala extradited its alleged most notorious drug trafficker to the United States. The alleged top smuggler is charged with trafficking tons of cocaine into the United States and faces a life sentence if he’s convicted.