The growing role of Edward O’Callaghan, who until six weeks ago served as co-chief of the terrorism and national security unit of the U.S. attorney’s office in New York, illustrates just how seriously the McCain campaign is taking the so-called “troopergate” inquiry into Palin’s firing last summer of Walt Monegan, Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner.
O’Callaghan (who resigned from the U.S. attorney’s office at the end of July to join the McCain campaign) is doing more than just public relations when it comes to “troopergate.” He told NEWSWEEK that he and another McCain campaign lawyer (whom he declined to identify) are serving as legal “consultants” to Thomas Van Flein, the Anchorage lawyer who at state expense is representing Palin and her office in the inquiry. “We are advising Thomas Van Flein on this matter to the extent that it impacts on the national campaign,” he said. “I’m helping out on legal strategy.” A McCain spokesman said Wednesday that, while Van Flein was originally hired last month by the Alaska Department of Law to represent Palin and her office, that arrangement has been changed over the past week and he is now being paid only by Palin and her husband – not state funds. He has not billed the state for his work, the spokesman said.
Then this week, Van Flein (again assisted by O’Callaghan) filed a new motion with the Personnel Board. This one argued that, after a review of the evidence, including internal e-mails within the governor’s office, the governor’s lawyers had determined there was “no probable cause” to pursue any ethics inquiry into Palin at all. As a result, it argued, the previous motion for an ethics inquiry (which Van Flein himself had filed less than two weeks ago) should be dismissed.
I’m so sick of this dodging the bullet act. Why won’t they just cooperate!!! You know they are hiding something!
And what to make of this?
Even O’Callaghan acknowledged today that Palin’s motion to dismiss her own ethics complaint against herself is not likely to immediately end the matter.
Well I should hope not! What is wrong with this story folks? How can you trust a politician who blatantly refuses to tell the truth?