Tuesday, February 23, 2010
VITO: SPY FOR MY BOYFRIEND
Prosecution witnesses continue to cast an ever harsher light on Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett's error-riddled, politically-motivated, multi-million-dollar investigation of the legislature.
Those in the public who are following the trial through "traditional" media only are missing the real story. According to Post-Gazette reporter Tracie Mauriello's "Tweets," an Rendell Administration cabinet member asked a witness to "inform" on the Grand Jury:
"KSB [Karen Steiner Blanar, a former member of Mike Veon's staff]: Around the time she 1st testified before grand jury Sandi Vito asked her to be an informant to Jeff Foreman."
"Vito is state labor secretary & girlfriend of Foreman, who was later arrested in #bonusgate probe. He entered a plea agreement."
"Foreman testified last week in this trial. He was not asked whether Steiner Blanar discussed grand [jury] w/ him."
This revelation would raise questions, if ever it occurred to anyone in the Capitol newsroom to ask questions. House employees who testified to the grand jury were under a gag order during the investigation. If Blanar told Foreman what she told the grand jury, she would have been in contempt of court and should have been prosecuted, but she was not - probably because it would have damaged her credibility as a witness, and the prosecution's witnesses are already pretty low on credibility.
Did Corbett investigate Vito's role in a conspiracy to violate the judge's order? Or did he - as he attempted to do with another Rendell cabinet member - overlook allegations of wrongdoing on the part of administration officials?
After the Tribune-Review's Brad Bumstead exposed Corbett's wink-and-nod to Revenue Secretary Steve Stetler, the embarrassed Corbett backtracked and found something with which to charge Stetler. Will he now do the same to Vito?