Tuesday, April 6, 2010
AND SO IT BEGINS
It's not official, but Rep. Mike Vereb may be the first Republican across the starting line when it comes to ridiculous whining about partisan persecution in the possibly pending indictment of Sen. Jane Orie.
Thanks to an eagle-eyed commenter for pointing out a couple of particularly savory "Tweets" from Vereb's feed:
"amazing how a source can tell KDKA that SenOrie will be indicted. Hire Lou Denaples attorneys to find out the leak, it worked for him."
"Never once was there a grand jury leak in bonusgate, just speculation. But not in this case, I wonder why ??"
Never once? Never once?? Did your keyboard sputter to a halt in protest of having to produce such a profoundly ignorant statement, Mike?
As our eagle-eyed commenter noted, CasablancaPA catalogued a deluge of leaks that gushed from Corbett campaign's grand jury investigation of House Democrats.
Here's what has Vereb's panties in a bunch: "The grand jury's findings are expected to become public sometime this week, according to sources close to the case. Charges are expected against both Ms. Orie and one other person who is not believed to be a member of her staff." (Post-Gazette, 4/6/10)
And here are the reports that Vereb apparently slept through:
"A statewide grand jury has returned a presentment recommending criminal charges against several former state aides as well as at least one high ranking former state legislator, sources said. (Post-Gazette, 7/10/08)
"A statewide grand jury investigation into public corruption, spawned by a once-secret $3.6 million bonus program controlled by legislative leaders, could result in criminal charges within weeks, perhaps even days." (Tribune-Review, 6/25/08)
Not to mention:
"More than 80 e-mails obtained by the Post-Gazette show ..." (Post-Gazette, 6/15/08)
"Establishing a case ... became more difficult, said sources close to the probe..." (Post-Gazette, 5/11/08)
"In addition to testimony, the Attorney General has obtained multiple in-house e-mails ..." (Post-Gazette, 6/15/08)
"Sources familiar with the probe said state investigators in recent weeks have issued subpoenas for records ... " (Patriot-News, 3/30/08)
"A grand jury ... recently issued a fresh round of subpoenas to House leaders." (Inquirer, 3/8/08)
"The messages, obtained by the Post-Gazette..." (Post-Gazette, 12/16/07)
"Reever is one of three House Democratic staffers ordered to testify this week before the grand jury..." (Tribune-Review, 12/13/07)
"A grand jury has issued subpoenas to more employees...." (Morning Call, 12/8/07)
"...documents were shredded as a grand jury investigation was under way late this summer, according to several independent Capitol sources." (Tribune-Review, 11/21/07)
"...the state grand jury has subpoenaed six more legislative staffers ... sources with knowledge of the inquiry said." (Inquirer, 10/14/07)
"Sources close to the investigation say Mr. LaGrotta likely will be charged with ethics violations..." (Post-Gazette, 10/7/07)
"As many as 100 people are expected to be called before the grand jury, a source close to the investigation told the Post-Gazette." (Post-Gazette, 9/21/07)
"One person familiar with the raid said..." ((Post-Gazette, 9/30/07)
"Two sources, one of whom received a subpoena and another with close ties to the law enforcement community, confirmed that witnesses have been called to appear before a grand jury ..." (Tribune-Review, 4/12/07)
Never once a leak from the grand jury! Never once!
Does Mike Vereb actually think that this:
"The grand jury's findings are expected to become public sometime this week, according to sources close to the case."
..is not precisely identical to this?
"A statewide grand jury has returned a presentment recommending criminal charges against several former state aides as well as at least one high ranking former state legislator, sources said"
Or is it more likely that he believes in a double standard when it comes to the prosecution of Republicans versus Democrats?
Someone in the House Democratic Caucus must be praying Voltaire's very short and only prayer: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.