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FBI Staked Out Spitzer Weeks Ago

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 10:43 AM

By Jim Meyers

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Weeks before New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s Feb. 13 tryst with a prostitute at a Washington, D.C., hotel, the FBI staked him out at the same hotel in an unsuccessful effort to nab him with a call girl.

The agency concluded from a wiretapped conversation that Spitzer might try to meet with the high-priced call girl when he traveled to the nation’s capital to attend a dinner on Jan. 26, an inside source told the Washington Post.

In the wiretapped conversation, an employee of the escort service Emperors Club VIP was heard telling the front desk of the Mayflower Hotel that flowers were being sent to Spitzer and seeking to confirm that he would be there.

A team of agents from Washington and New York was sent to the hotel to stake out Spitzer.

“Spitzer spent part of the day and evening at the hotel, but if he had a date from the escort service, the agents did not see her or she did not show up,” the Post reported. “Spitzer was accompanied to Washington by members of his police detail, who were apparently unaware of the FBI surveillance even though an officer from the detail watched the governor’s room from across the hall, through a cracked door.”

The Mayflower is the hotel where according to court papers “Client-9” — identified as Spitzer — met with a call girl named “Kristen” on Feb. 13.

A law enforcement official told the Post that investigators have found at least eight occasions when Spitzer used the Emperors Club over the last few years.

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