Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Hutchinson implicated as DOJ corruption investigation widens

Political Overtones Pervade Yet Another USA Case

On Tuesday attorneys for the defense in the matter of United States of America vs. Managed Subcontractors International, Inc., et al. (No. 06-03084-01-03-CR-S-GAF) filed a supplemental motion for a bill of particulars requesting the full disclosure of communications between former Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchison and former U.S. Attorneys Bradley J. Schlozman and Todd Graves, and any other Department of Justice staff that may have communicated about the prosecution of Managed Subcontractors, Inc. (MSI), which is headed by a Democratic official.

Tuesday’s filing is the latest in the criminal proceeding that began last June with the indictment of Arkansas-based MSI and three of its employees by a federal grand jury on charges brought by former Bush White House appointee Bradley Schlozman, then the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Schlozman is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week as part of a growing inquiry into whether the U.S. Department of Justice allowed politics to affect government investigations, as well as the hiring and firing of agency officials.

MSI president and CEO Robbyn Tumey, a longtime political activist and chair of the Benton County Arkansas Democrat Central Committee at the time of the indictment, was forced to drop her bid for an Arkansas state House seat weeks before the November 2006 election as a result of the charges filed against MSI and Ms. Tumey’s son, Brentt Tumey. Tuesday’s motion by the defense outlines a chronology of events leading up to the June 2006 indictment that shows how Bradley Schlozman’s actions in the federal criminal investigation were politically motivated.

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