"...Corbett said whistle blowers or a smoking gun will be needed to prove a public corruption case, which is notoriously difficult without direct witness testimony, e-mails or other evidence to show a clear link. ‘People have to come forward,’ Corbett said Friday night. ‘We need evidence. If people have evidence, pick up the phone and call. Come and see my agents.’" (Patriot News 2/12/07)Yet, when a whistle-blower does just that, Corbett's office ignores her. Here is his exceedingly lame excuse:
"Before going to the district attorney, the former intern who blew the whistle on Sen. Orie first called the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, who's running for governor as a Republican. Corbett said the receptionist at his office referred the intern to the district attorney's office. 'For some reason, it did not get reported to our criminal division at that point in time,' Corbett said. 'And when we finally did learn of it, the district attorney's office was already running with it.'" (WTAE TV 4/7/10)That is absurd! The idea that a "receptionist" makes decisions about possible illegal activity and makes referrals is utterly and unequivocably absurd. This is how Corbett runs the Office of Attorney General? A whistle-blower calls in about alleged criminal activity (that has been in the front pages and television newscasts for over two years) and a receptionist declines to take the case? It doesn't even pass the bare minimum smell test.
Corbett needs to answer some very serious questions about his "investigation" of the Republican State Senate Caucus.
After reading in yesterday's presentment how Orie maintained political material on the Senate Republican servers well after Corbett's investigation allegedly began, Patriot-News columnist Laura Vescey asks a very good question:
"If the Bonusgate probe did what the Attorney General’s office said—that is, probed all four caucuses of the state legislature—how come Senate Republican computers were allegedly still storing campaign files?" ("Orie indictment could raise questions about Corbett's probe" pa2010.com 4/7/10)State Democratic Party Chairman asks even more bluntly:
"Whether or not an Allegheny County Grand Jury has indicted Sen. Jane Orie, as published reports have indicated it has, the public is entitled to know why Corbett's office apparently refused to investigate the allegations against her. Furthermore, it's curious that an investigation by the county District Attorney apparently discovered allegations of wrongdoing that Corbett's investigation overlooked." (Press Release 4/7/08)We're looking forward to Corbett's answers.