THE PURGE, CONT’D….Yesterday we learned that two Republican politicians called U.S. Attorney David Iglesias prior to last year’s midterms to ask when he might hand down indictments in a corruption case involving some local Democrats. Today, Marisa Taylor of McClatchy tells us who the Republicans are:
Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico pressured the U.S. attorney in their state to speed up indictments in a federal corruption investigation that involved at least one former Democratic state senator, according to two people familiar with the contacts.
….According to the two individuals, Domenici and Wilson called to press Iglesias for details of the case.
Wilson was curt after Iglesias was “non-responsive” to her questions about whether an indictment would be unsealed, said the two individuals, who asked not to be identified because they feared possible political repercussions. Rumors had spread throughout the New Mexico legal community that an indictment of at least one Democrat was sealed.
Domenici, who wasn’t up for re-election, called about a week and a half later and was more persistent than Wilson, the people said. When Iglesias said an indictment wouldn’t be handed down until at least December, the line went dead.
Iglesias was fired two months later. I guess he should have taken the hint.