Still covering up
Former New York Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer may be the most corrupt Governor in New York history. Now there is word of his acting to block the release of emails which detail prosecutorial misconduct when he was Attorney General and personal animus towards AIG's Hank Greenberg. Eight of ten charges brought against Greenberg by Spitzer have been dismissed with the two remaining charges being highly technical and are also expected to be dismissed. Spitzer financed two campaigns for Attorney General with more than $9 million in illegal loans from his billionaire father. He lied to the New York Times and the New York Daily News repeatedly denying the existence of the loans. He also perjured himself in a civil suit in which he denied the existence of the loans under oath. He ultimately admitted the illegal transactions but only after obtaining the shield of the New York Attorney's office. Spitzer clearly also ordered the use of State resources in his effort to utilize the state police to spy on former Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and fabricate documents to discredit the Republican. The use of State's resources for political purposes is a felony. Spitzer violated the Mann Act transporting a prostitute over five state lines for a tryst at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Evidentially, there are no hookers in the District of Columbia. In 2009, a Republican New York State Supreme Court Judge was convicted of violating the Mann Act when he transported a hooker from Buffalo to a judicial conference in Frankfort, KY. While I understand the need to import amusement to a town like Frankfort, I must question why the Judge went to prison and rich boy Eliot Spitzer walked. Spitzer also blackmailed executives at Marsh McLennan into acquiring Spitzer's private investigative firm Kroll and Associates at an inflated price many of millions of dollars more than it true value as a condition of settlement of charges against them and hiring Spitzer crony Michael Cherkasky as their new CEO. Cherkasky, a bungler bereft of insurance industry experience, bailed out with a $30 million golden parachute, which seems funny when you consider that Spitzer pursued NYSE Chair Grasso for excess compensation. Spitzer also violated Federal money laundering laws in his efforts to conceal payments to several New York City based escort services. According to former high-end call girl Irma Nici and a second call girl identified by the New York Post, Spitzer like to romp in droopy black knee socks. According to Nici, Spitzer often sported a New York Yankee's cap while being serviced. A ham-handed attempt by the makers of the movie "Client # 9" to use an actress playing the part of a call girl saying Spitzer's black sock fetish was false fizzled. Reveling in his reputation as "Sheriff of Wall Street," Spitzer excelled only at blackmailing businessmen into guilty pleas with the threat of ruining their company's stock value through leak and investigation. When it came to going to court, Spitzer was not so good - he lost more than 80% of his prosecutions against those stout enough to go to trial in the face of his bully tactics. When former US Ambassador, John Whitehead, a titan of Wall Street, wrote in defense of his friend AIG's Hank Greenberg in the Wall Street Journal, Spitzer called Whitehead to threaten him saying, "It's now a war between us and you've fired the first shot," Whitehead quoted Spitzer as saying. "I will be coming after you. You will pay the price. This is only the beginning and you will pay dearly for what you have done. You will wish you had never written that letter." FOX TV host Sean Hannity also reported a threatening foulmouthed phone call from the Attorney General. Spitzer is yet to admit to his law breaking. A gig at CNN wired by college acquaintances bombed because Spitzer's sanctimonious and conventional Upper Eastside liberal pabulum got dogshit for ratings. Now "Client # 9 "is at CurrentTV where ratings show that virtually no one is watching his self-important droning as he spits out the predictable views of a rich man's son who never worked a day in his life and whose father purchased him public office. Now comes startling new revelations by former US Attorney and New York Attorney General, Dennis Vacco, a public servant of undisputed integrity. Spitzer is still acting to cover up his misconduct. Breitbart's Wynton Hall has the story: "In an exclusive CNBC interview yesterday, former New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco dropped a bombshell on his disgraced successor Eliot Spitzer that raises new questions about the lingering charges Mr. Spitzer lodged against former AIG chief Maurice "Hank" Greenberg nearly eight years ago. On September 28, 2004, before any official investigation against AIG or Mr. Greenberg had even been publicly launched, Mr. Vacco says he was in the room when Mr. Spitzer went on a curse-filled, fist-pounding rant against Mr. Greenberg that led him to believe Spitzer's targeting of Greenberg was inspired more by a personal vendetta than any serious wrongdoing. "It was a rather startling personal attack that I was really quite surprised by," said Mr. Vacco. "His tirade was much more personal in nature. It left me with an uneasy feeling that there was some personal animus that was driving him." Asked why he was only now coming forward with the new information, Mr. Vacco explained that when he read press reports that "there is a treasure trove of personal emails" from Mr. Spitzer that may prove he possessed a personal motive for going after Mr. Greenberg, he felt compelled to go public. "I'm now motivated about my concern over these emails and I don't think we ought to have government officials who are prosecutors and law enforcement officials being able to conduct business in a shadowy fashion," said Mr. Vacco. "I believe if these charges were unfounded and politically motivated and now you add to it that there might have been some shadowy e-mail accounts that helped advance the investigation during the investigation, I think that is inappropriate." Mr. Greenberg's attorney, David Boies, expressed serious concern over the new revelation: These are obviously very disturbing charges. Over the last seven years, almost all of the claims originally brought by the Attorney General against Mr. Greenberg have been dismissed. We have always believed that the two remaining technical accounting issues, neither of which affected AIG's reported net income or shareholders equity, will also ultimately be dismissed. If these claims were brought with knowledge that they were without merit for the purpose of retaliating against a political critic, this was an even greater miscarriage of justice and abuse of the legal system. Will the court order the release of Mr. Spitzer's personal emails and the potentially embarrassing contents they may contain?" Although Spitzer campaigned for the governorship as a reformer who said, "from day one everything changes," he squandered his overwhelming mandate and did nothing to curb New York's out of control spending and debt, take on greedy public employee unions, or clean up the ethical cesspool of Albany, leaving all these tasks to his hated rival Andrew Cuomo who has forged an enviable record of reform. Spitzer tried to blackmail the State Senate into accepting campaign finance law reform designed to benefit the wealthy as a condition of tackling the State's deep fiscal problems. Spitzer never understood that a prosecutor can threaten others in the political system while a Governor cannot. Spitzer never understood that his role was as conciliator with the goal of bringing the Republican State Senate and Democratic State Assembly together to pass legislation in the public interest. Spitzer thought he could just order the Senate Majority Leader and the Assembly Speaker what to do. Since neither Majority Leader Joe Bruno nor Speaker Sheldon Silver feared Spitzer, his attempts at governance through dictat never worked. At the same time, CNBC's Maria Bartiromo nailed Spitzer in an interview in which it was revealed that Spitzer threatened the law firm used by Hank Greenberg's to represent him. Spitzer continues to insist that Greenberg is guilty of fraud when no state or Federal court has reached any such judgment.