Not to mention, the U.S. Attorney who was investigating Rick Renzi, who has now stepped down from his House committees, was a target of the USDOJ’s efforts to remove and replace prosecutors, efforts that are now being scrutinized by the U.S.Congress.
The Arizona lawmaker is reportedly under investigation for suspicions he accepted $200,000 from a business partner in exchange for using his official influence to compel the purchase of his partner’s land at an inflated price. Renzi has said he is innocent, and that the money was repayment for an old debt.
In addition to the questionable land deal, questions have been raised in the press about his top aide’s decision to contact the U.S. attorney overseeing the investigation into his boss. Shortly after the aide got involved, investigators now say Justice Department officials slowed efforts to investigate the congressman.
The U.S. attorney who had been overseeing the investigation, Paul Charlton, later became one of the eight top prosecutors fired under questionable circumstances in what has become known as the U.S. attorney scandal. Charlton’s lawyer, Grant Woods, has called the reports “conjecture and false attacks.” The Justice Department has denied meddling in the investigation.
And hattip to Into My Own for this C-Span coverage of Renzi flirting with Florida Rep and former Florida SOS, Katherine Harris. As I watched it, I thought, this has got to be a fake, right? But I’m thinking, maybe not…blech.