Tuesday Afternoon Roundup
A few midday bites:New Mexico: Fired prosecutor David Iglesias testified today, noting feeling pressured by Pajamas Pete Domenici:
A fired federal prosecutor told a Senate committee Tuesday that he felt "leaned on" and sickened as Republican Sen. Pete Domenici hung up on him in disgust last fall when told that indictments in a corruption case against Democrats would not be issued before the fall elections."Unprecedented" pressure from Domenici on Iglesias to expedite an ongoing investigation for political gain - more than a little dicey. It also doesn't help Domenici or Republicans in general that "the White House was 'aware of [Domenici's] concerns.'" The ball has only started to roll on this - and it will prolong the broader "corrupt Republicans under investigation" meme that is currently flagshipped by the Scooter Libby conviction.
"He said, 'Are these going to be filed before November?'" former federal prosecutor David Iglesias, one of eight U.S. attorneys summarily fired in recent months, told the panel. "I said I didn't think so. And to which he replied, 'I'm very sorry to hear that.' And then the line went dead." ...
Iglesias said he received the call from Dominici at home on Oct. 26 or 27 and that it lasted two minutes, "tops."
"I felt leaned on. I felt pressured to get these matters moving," Iglesias testified.
Asked by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., whether such a call was unusual in Iglesias' experience, the former prosecutor answered, "Unprecedented."
Colorado: The Hill reports on the close relationship between new CO-GOP Chair Dick Wadhams and potential Senate candidate Bob Schaffer (I'm sure much to the dismay of current Senate candidate Scott McInnis). (Hat tip: Colorado Pols) Hmmm, will this defuse or inflame the divided factions of the CO-GOP? I am so looking forward to a McInnis-Schaffer primary!
New Hampshire: New Hampshire Senate candidates Steve Marchand and Katrina Swett have their campaign websites up and running. Take a look and get involved!