Tuesday, March 9, 2010
DEWEESE: I DID NOT DELEGATE RESPONSIBILITY TO VEON
KDKA'S Jon Delano: "In a February 2008 interview with me, [Bill DeWeese] stated categorically he had no knowledge of the large legislative bonuses, saying he delegated authority to staff and others."
DeWeese: No leader can be involved at that tactical level day in day out, if you have that many people. There are just too many people. And in the Marine Corps we were taught to choose good subordinates.
Delano: "Ultimately, DeWeese fired Manzo and other staffers for their role in Bonusgate.
"But in the same interview with me, I asked DeWeese specifically about Veon's role in the bonuses."
Delano: Did you delegate to him responsibility for allocation of bonuses?"
Delano: It was to your senior staff people?
DeWeese: I'm ... gonna ask the attorney general to ... come forward and see exactly what they think is the case.
Delano: "Veon's lawyers had hoped DeWeese would help exonerate Veon. But by taking the Fifth, jurors at Veon's trial won't hear DeWeese's words under oath.
"Now, again, DeWeese cannot be compelled to testify if he believes his testimony will incriminate himself. Today, DeWeese's attorney said of the Veon trial, quote, this is not DeWeese's fight. But given the finger-pointing among these top Democrats, it's no surprise Veon wanted jurors to hear the Democratic Leader say Veon was not delegated responsibility for bonuses.