Democrats doing what they do best. Deleting evidence. The hypocrisy is truly astounding.
Apparently if New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez gets convicted in his corruption trial he is more than welcome to serve in the U.S. Democrat Senate.
Why else would they suddenly delete Harry Reid’s statement from their own website? Too bad for them, the internet is forever.
Instead of deleting Reid’s statement, perhaps they should have just modified it to say “A convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate unless it’s a Democrat.”
It wasn’t long ago that Dirty Harry Reid was gloating about an Alaskan Senator named Ted Stevens who had been indicted (railroaded) on corruption charges less than 100 days before the 2008 election.
A devastating miscarriage of justice was underway. A Republican Senator was being destroyed and Dirty Harry Reid must have relished the thought when he decided to add this statement to the official website for Democratic Senators ‘A convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate’.
The Department of Justice claimed that Senator Stevens had concealed that he had not paid full value for renovations to his modest Alaska cabin.
Senator Stevens emphatically pleaded not guilty and demanded a speedy trial to clear his name before the election.
Government prosecutors convinced jurors to find the him guilty just eight days before the general election, which he lost by less than 2 percent of the vote, giving the Democrats a brief filibuster-proof majority in the Senate allowing them to pass Obamacare.
After the trial it was learned that government prosecutors concealed compelling evidence from the defense and the ‘cooperating witness’, wealthy Alaska businessman Bill Allen, was testifying for his own freedom (he was guilty of unrelated crimes).
Another witness who had evidence to support Senator Stevens position was flown back to Alaska when the mock cross witness testimony went badly for the prosecution. Government prosecutors laughed at Stevens when he tried to state the true facts on the stand without his witness — all the while knowing that they had a witness who would have supported Senator Stevens’ testimony, but whom they had removed from the trial.
An independent investigation was ordered by presiding Judge Emmet G. Sullivan and it found that the prosecution was “permeated by the systemic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence, which would have independently corroborated Senator Stevens’s defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government’s key witness.”
Six prosecutors were investigated. Two were suspended from their work (though those suspensions were later overturned). The lead prosecutor was found to have exercised poor judgment, and left the government. Another committed suicide before the investigation was complete. None were prosecuted.
The case was dismissed in 2009. Ted Stevens indictment and verdict were eventually overturned and in 2010 Senator Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash. Since it was only a Republican, I’m sure the Democrats would all agree that “At this point what difference does it make?”
H/T Katrina Pierson reports:
For 9 years, the official website of Democrat Senators, included a statement by Harry Reid stating “a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate.”
But now as jurors deliberate on the Bob Menendez bribery trial, that statement has been conspicuously deleted.
The apparent cover-up was discovered by the America Rising PAC.
As reported by Lifezette
A statement from former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid insisting that “a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate” has suddenly disappeared from the website of the Senate Democrats as jurors deliberate in the federal corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).
On Nov. 1, 2008, Reid issued the statement after Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was convicted on corruption charges. The verdict came down just before his 2008 re-election bid — which he narrowly lost. Pointing to Stevens’ conviction, Reid wrote that “the reality is that a convicted felon is not going to be able to serve in the United States Senate.”
Reid added that Stevens’ decision to break the law with “partisan political gain” in mind should not be viewed as a “a partisan issue.”
This statement, however, appeared to be removed recently from the Senate Democrats’ webpage after residing there for roughly nine years, America Rising PAC press secretary Scott Sloofman highlighted in a press release Tuesday.
“For over nine years, Democrats.Senate.Gov has hosted then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Nov. 1, 2008, statement calling on the just-convicted Sen. Ted Stevens to resign,” Sloofman noted. “Yet, now that jury deliberations in Sen. Menendez’s trial have started, this is the page you get when you go to:”
The statement’s webpage link now only leads to a page stating, “This link is extinct! We’re working on it.”
“Unfortunately for Senate Democrats, the internet is forever,” Sloofman said.
On Monday, 12 jurors began their deliberations. Menendez was indicted on 18 counts of corruption-related charges, including accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions and perks from his close friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prosecutors alleged that in exchange for money and favors, Menendez wielded his political influence to help Melgen resolve business disputes with the federal government and secure visas for his girlfriends.
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