Friday, August 28, 2009

Richardson Ripples

My story on the effect of the U.S. Justice Department's decision not to prosecute Gov. Bill Richardson in the alleged CDR pay-to-play scheme can be found HERE.
Basically most the people I talked to Thursday believe Richardson's political career and reputation will be revived and there could be some kind of position in the Obama administration ahead for him -- though probably not right away.

In another development, The New York Times reported about a letter U.S. Attorney Greg Fouratt sent to witnesses in the grand jury investigation of the CDR matter.

In the letter, Mr. Fouratt’s office said he would not pursue criminal charges, but it added that “pressure from the governor’s office resulted in the corruption of the procurement process” and said that the letter “should not be interpreted as exoneration of any party’s conduct in that matter.”

The Times story also notes:

Mr. Richardson’s aides have long maintained that the acting United States attorney, Gregory J. Fouratt, a Republican, went after Mr. Richardson for political reasons, effectively sabotaging his chance to serve in the cabinet. Mr. Fouratt has denied that.