To raid or not to raid so close to an election…

Today’sWaPo article reveals that prosecutors debated whether to raid the home of Rep. Curt Weldon’s daughter and other locations related to the investigation so close to an election…

Yesterday’s raids of six locations in Pennsylvania and Florida were moved up in part because of leaks about the investigation late last week, according to two of the sources. Top federal prosecutors supervising the inquiry concluded early this month that they were progressing significantly on another front in the investigation and did not want to make their work public too soon by conducting searches, especially so close to the Nov. 7 elections. McClatchy Newspapers reported Saturday that the FBI had recommended that Justice Department officials investigate Rep. Weldon’s actions, leading to yesterday’s searches.<p SNIP

Prosecutors are usually loath to conduct raids against a public official so close to an election. But some involved in the investigation debated whether holding off could also appear to have been influenced by the election, sources said.

Also revealed is that wiretaps were used in the investigation…

A grand jury, impaneled in Washington in May, has obtained evidence gathered over at least four months through wiretaps of Washington area cellphone numbers and has scrutinized whether Weldon received anything of value, according to the sources. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.