Christie’s AUSAs Still Won’t Respond to Corzine’s FOIA Requests
Jon Corzine’s campaign wants some more information about just what Chris Christie was doing at the US Attorney’s office while he was handing out multi-million dollar deals to his friends.
So the Corzine campaign has submitted 18 FOIA requests for information on Christie’s tenure as US Attorney. They have submitted them, each time, to the Executive Office of US Attorneys, which keeps kicking the FOIAs down to the NJ US Attorney’s office, where they appear to be routinely ignored. So today, the Corzine took the next step in its attempts to figure out just what Christie was doing at the US Attorney office.
The campaign filed eight administrative challenges – representing 18 separate requests – with the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Information and Privacy. Despite repeated efforts by the campaign to obtain the information, beginning in March 2009, it has repeatedly been told that the failures to fulfill its requests lie with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. The records the campaign is seeking from Christie’s tenure as U.S. Attorney include: budgets, travel expenses and schedules – even public ones.
"The United States Attorney’s office has many fine, dedicated, professional lawyers," said Corzine ’09 campaign strategist, Tom Shea. "But, in light of recent reports that Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra is under investigation to determine if he has used the office to help further the Christie campaign, Second Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown has an ongoing financial relationship with Christie and Christie was communicating with Karl Rove about his run for governor from that office, we feel it is even more important we receive the information requested."
The campaign is also seeking details of no-bid contracts Christie awarded while U.S. Attorney, including a $52 million contract to his former boss, ex-Attorney General John Ashcroft. In addition it has demanded Mr. Christie’s communications with former Bush political advisor Karl Rove, and communications between Mr. Christie and current officials in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey since Mr. Christie resigned as U.S. Attorney.
I’m actually somewhat agnostic on this. Perhaps DOJ is not turning over the requested materials for the same reasons DOJ is protecting Dick Cheney’s PatFitz interview–because they’re trying to avoid any appearance of political taint by letting Republicans avoid any scrutiny after the fact. Or it could just be that the people responding to the FOIA heard Christie say he would be hiring a bunch of AUSAs if he won the gubernatorial race, and they’re trying to increase their chance for a swank job by withholding FOIA-able information.
In either case, it stinks.
What ever happened to President Obama’s transparency in government order, the one that said to be generous in response to FOIA? Presumption to favor release, rather than retention.
Oh, yeah I get it, the campaign is over.
You can read it here:
It’s a no-win proposition, now. They should have responded to the FOIA’s back in March, but probably weren’t organized enough to do so. Now, releasing any (incriminating) information potentially would threaten the outcome of the election. We know what BushCo would have done.
Perhaps…perhaps…or also perhaps this is another potential example of dead-enderism.
Which, if so, would put the scenario described by Citizen92 @ 2 on different footing, & could be ‘reported as such’.
I’d like to see Melanie Sloan from CREW dash off a letter to AG Holder asking if Mr. Christie does indeed still “own” the career staff running the USA’s office down in Newark.
great post, as per usual, ew.
OT, apologies, but i’m sure you’ve seen this:
Unsurprising – one of the attoreys on the commiittee inv estigaing staff had some close links to Rove and the rest of them and was placed there by the Repugs on the committee.
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this video is a classic
ot: the rachel bounce?
When I saw she was going to be on I wondered just how long until she got the show. She really does what Russert was always claimed to do: know her stuff, ask hard questions, and stand up to the pols.
Oh yeah, like that’s going to happen. Immelt has probably already cut a deal guaranteeing Maddow never sits in the Potato Head chair.
Lordy Marcy, how many Milbank units did you put out today?
OT – Just in case anyone missed it, Siobhan Gorman at the WSJ had this today:
The upshot is that there were several CIA GWOT assassination programs and groups, both outsourced private ones like with Blackwater, and inhouse efforts like the one concocted by Mikey Hayden.
What could possibly go wrong?
More OT – And in case anyone missed this juicy bit, from Steve Lowman of the WaPo:
Does anyone find the timing, the intent, and the sources of Finder’s Daily Beast “exclusive” curious?
I thought you did! *g*
Even more OT – And more of Mikey Hayden’s BS today on that panel:
Weasel-wording is Mikey’s only talent.
And even more OT again – Former CIA chief: gains from torture ‘modest’
You might as well let us all down easy now Mikey before Monday’s truth bares all of your lies!
Compare and contrast.
Mikey Hayden’s statement at the Joe Finder-led panel today:
With this from the letter 9 leading Repug Senators sent to AG Holder yesterday:
Which tale are you gonna believe?
I thought so. *g*
Didn’t Hayden explicitly say, in the past, that the program prevented attacks? Maybe that was the domestic spying program.
The word “synergy” comes to mind. Tina Brown loves synergy.
Anyone else have the sense a whole buncha info-shit’s about to hit the proverbial fan? Between all this Finder CIA spin-stuff and Ridge dumping on W, it’s a frickin’ deluge out there. Distancing.
Well, if the reason they are not releasing things is because of the proximity to the election, then they’d better make sure the same rules apply for both candidates.
I think someone should, at least, be investigating Christie’s claim of having people in Justice, and make the names public so that any funny bizdness is obvious.
MadDog, the Washington Post has not one but two stories in Friday’s paper that will have you and others here spitting nails.
Detainees Shown CIA Officers’ Photos, in which the DOJ seems to be going after the detainee lawyers for . . . what’s the word I’m looking for? . . . defending their clients.
Blackwater Disclosure Adds to CIA Worries, in which Porter Goss spins like his life depends upon it. Or at least his livelihood and possibly his freedom.
Same article, but the front page title is different. And funnier:
Disclosure of ‘Targeted Killing’ Comes at a Bad Time For CIA
When would be a good time?
Oh, the internets…
A seemingly well connected Washington lobbyist recently attended an engagement party at Dick Cheney’s new manse. Of course she publicly posted photos. What do we see?
Well, there’s Dick’s cattlebrand. Wonder if he used it on any of the black site detainees?
Then there’s the Saddam nesting doll.
More photos (as long as they stay up) on this site.
And she also posted a few bonus pics — of Karl Rove ‘finessing’ the election in 04 from the White House.
Election Night Rove #1
Election Night Rove #2
The lobbyist is the daughter of a Utah-based advanceman to the GOP stars. And he likes to take photos:
re Election Night Rove #1: pretty bad ad for an Apple, huh?
I didn’t see Anatomy of Deceit on Dick’s bookshelf, surprisingly.
This is a bizarre statement.
Intelligence collection, analysis, and interrogation of suspects are skills that people in government lack? But the private sector does better? How pray tell, if the government has a monopoly on interrogation of suspects, or at least did until 9/11, can the private sector be better at it??
I understand that the CIA’s intelligence analysis often failed it, but can it be said that private contractors are better at that?
OT but interesting news…
All these report releases converging…Interesting.
Getting back to Chris Chistie.
I am from New Jersey, and lived there the better part of 40 years.
What I can tell you is that Chris Christie was a politician FIRST well before he was any kind of prosecutor.
His prosecution work had a definite slant of going at people in the opposition party (Democrats). And it was in violation of the Hatch Act. Big time.
Everyone can debate about “ralease the records!” But in the end, they really should be released so that the public can see before the election! It’s been over 150 days now.
This man is not governor material. He was ‘created”. He was made.
This is like putting New Jersey through four more Bush years, even after he’s finally gone.
On a nearly dead thread I’ll ask a few questions. Hope you guys see this.
Something bothered me about the Todd Christie donations in the Christie Charitable Trust so I went back.
-Now I learned that David Kelly, a former US Attorney, refused to indict Todd Christie.
-So, Todd Christie had a lot of extra cash.
-By the way, I had a tax person look at the 2001 return and it appears that the Christie Charitable Foundation went back to at least 1998. I think the clue is on page 8 of the pdf.
– Todd Christie is the major donor – millions – until the 2008 return when Beverly Vollaro donates $145,000.
– I google her and she is the Senior Warden of St John’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, NJ.
– She is also pg 9/49
– She is also in charge of the Capital Campaign for St John’s which has fall $50,000 short of their target of $900,000 to fix up the building, create accessibility, fix or replace the organ, help out the church school.
– So, they’re short this money that Beverly’s in charge of.
– And in 2008, she donates $145,000 to the Christie Foundation???
(pg 17/47 pdf)
– Then, I look up the current church website:
– Look who is the Clerk of the Vestry: a David Kelley
This may be a coincidence.
I am more than happy to be wearing tinfoil.
But what’s weird is that I can’t see that the Christie Charitable Foundation ever gave to St John’s. And it gives to a lot of religious organizations.
Just seems backwards. Why is she giving to this multimillion dollar foundation when her church needs money and she’s in charge of the capital campaign?
i am writing to you from the beyond.
this interests me:
“-Now I learned that David Kelly, a former US Attorney, refused to indict Todd Christie.”
what was todd c. alleged to have done warranting possible indictment?
did former AUSA david kelly work for USA christie?
how long was kelly an AUSA?
or is he still there?
thanks for your hard work and interesting comments.