Former Republican Representative Sleazeball “Duke” Cunningham has been put away for bribery, but the latest fallout from the scandal are 13 subpoenas issued by defense contractor Bret Wilkes. The AP Story reads as follows (I’ve highlighted an interesting pattern in the story):
Former, House Republican Whip and 11 other members of Congress have been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of a defense contractor charged with bribing jailed former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham.
“This subpoena is a mystery,” said , R-Calif., who represents a district near Cunningham’s. “I have no knowledge of information pertaining to the charges pending against Mr. Wilkes that would aid either the defense or the prosecution in this case.”
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In addition to Issa, Blunt, R-Mo., and Hastert, R-Ill., Wilkes’ attorneys are seeking testimony from:
_House Intelligence Committee Chairman , D-Texas.
_ Chairman , D-Mo.
_House Appropriations defense subcommittee chairman , D-Pa.
_California Republican Reps., , and . Hunter chaired the and Lewis chaired the Appropriations Committee in the last Congress.
_Republicans Reps.and of . Hoekstra chaired the House Intelligence Committee in the last Congress.
_Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington.
Notice anything? Hastert (retired), Blunt (minority whip), and Issa (general nobody) are featured prominently in the story. They’re also 3 Republicans.
Notice who else got served? Current sitting members of comittees, including Jack Murtha, Ike Skelton and Silvestre Reyes, all Democrats, and all Democrats who got second billing to a retired Republican, a minority whip and another with no visible power.
Could it be that Erica Werner, author of the story, could be trying to insinuate something? What’s also queer about the story is the fact that all of these subpoenas were issued by defense counsel, not by an regulatory board. Without reading the story, you may think this is a corruption probe, when in reality, it’s someone trying to get credible witnesses for the defense.
This is a non-story, but it’s currently a headline story at Yahoo! Nooz.