Iglesias on Meet the Press Highlights
New Mexico: Fired U.S. Attorney for New Mexico David Iglesias was on Meet the Press this morning. Here is the transcript. Here are the highlights:
MR. RUSSERT: You wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times, and I want to share that with our viewers and come back and talk about it. “Politics entered my life with two phones calls that I received last fall, just before the November election. One came from” Republican “Representative and the other from Senator [Pete] Domenici, both Republicans from my state, New Mexico.The Senate Ethics investigation is apparently ongoing as to Pete Domenici's role. We eagerly await their findings.
“Ms. Wilson asked me about sealed indictments pertaining to a politically charged corruption case widely reported in the news media involving local Democrats. Her question instantly put me on guard. Prosecutors may not legally talk about indictments, so I was evasive. Shortly after speaking to Ms. Wilson, I received a call from Senator Domenici at my home. The senator wanted to know whether I was going to file corruption charges—the cases Ms. Wilson had been asking about—before November. When I told him that I didn’t think so, he said, ‘I am very sorry to hear that,’ and the line went dead.” He hung up on you?
MR. IGLESIAS: That’s right.
MR. RUSSERT: Did you feel intimidated by those phone calls?
MR. IGLESIAS: Pressured, leaned on, yes, because of the timeline, because of the fact that they were in a—in a—or Congresswoman Wilson was in a tight race at that time. I think she was behind. The, the local press had given significant coverage of this subsequent corruption matter. I couldn’t talk about it to anybody, much less members of Congress.
MR. RUSSERT: Had a congressman or a senator ever called you about a case prior to that?
MR. IGLESIAS: No. ...
MR. RUSSERT: And to this day, do you believe you were removed for political reasons?
MR. IGLESIAS: Absolutely, yes.