Anybody who watches Countdown with Keith Olbermann regularly has seen his recurring feature, the Apology Hall of Fame. In it, the snivelling apology of
Congressman federal prisoner Randy “Duke” Cunningham always holds a prominent place. And well it should. He’s arguably “the most corrupt Congressman in history”. (Or at least, right up there.)
Most of that corruption was in conjunction with defense contractor Brent Wilkes. Wilkes’s criminal trial is coming up, and his defense attorneys have issued subpoenas to 13 sitting Congressmen to appear as witnesses in the trial. Nine of the 13 are Republicans.
All of them, in consultation with House attorneys, will not honor the subpoenas. Call me old fashioned, but I always thought subpoenas weren’t optional. Like if you don’t show up, you’re in contempt of court. And can get your ass thrown in jail. But maybe they’re all looking to the White House, and modelling their behavior on that…
The article’s by Erica Werner of the AP:
The subpoenas were sought by attorneys for contractor Brent Wilkes, who faces a trial in San Diego later this year on more than 30 counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in connection with his relationship with Cunningham.
So, here’s the “baker’s dozen”:
The last 4 are the Dems. Presumably the reason for these witnesses has to do with the appropriations process.
“This subpoena is a mystery,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, 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.”
Now I’m no lawyer, and I don’t play one on TV, but so far as I know, that’s no excuse to ignore a subpoena.
I suppose that Katherine “Cruella” Harris isn’t on this list because, poor dear, she finally had her illusions shattered when her challenge for Bill Nelson’s Senate seat in Florida went down like the Hindenberg. She’s no longer in Congress. But there were a lot of questions about her donations from and favors for Mr. Wilkes as well. So, perhaps she’ll turn up on the witness list, too.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the courts.