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An investigator with the internal watchdog of the Department of Homeland Security said that his superiors instructed him to stifle an investigation into a White House staffer’s involvement in a 2012 prostitution scandal because it was an election year, according to a bombshell report from the Washington Post.

“We were directed at the time…to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, an investigator with DHS’s inspector general, told Senate staffers, according to the Post.

Nieland was charged with investigating whether Jonathan Dach, a volunteer Obama advance team member, had hired a prostitute while on a trip to Cartagena, Columbia in April 2012.

The administration had denied that anyone working for the White House had been involved in sexual misconduct. Instead, 10 Secret Service agents — who are employed by the Department of Homeland Security and not by the White House — had been fired after they were found to have hired prostitutes during their visit to Columbia during a Latin American economic summit Obama attended.

During the course of his investigation, Nieland uncovered evidence that Dach had taken a prostitute to his room — including statements from Secret Service agents and hotel records that showed that the name of a guest Dach took to his room matched that of a Columbian woman who advertises sex on the Internet.

But according to Nieland, he was instructed “to withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration,” the Post reported.

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