Brian Thompson, the WNBC 4-NY reporter who broke the story of potential indictments in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandals coming next month, told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki this morning that the likely federal charges will be related to a coordinated effort to cover up.
“This is what ties it all together as a single unified prosecution, ” Thompson said, “that is they are all involved in this, they all have a finger print or more, somewhere in this, which is, what our sources are saying, all wraps up into a conspiracy to cover up.”
Thompson said that the alleged cover up started “that week of the shut downs” not a month or two months later. Thompson reiterated that the cover up began on the same week that the lane closures occurred.
Thompson said that at least two of the principals have made a deal, are singing, or are trying to make a deal, with the U.S. Attorney.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Brian Thompson, Bridgegate, Bridgegate Investigation, Chris Christie, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Steve Kornacki, Up with Steve Kornacki | 9 Comments »
One day after the State Legislative Committee’s report stating that there was no evidence that Governor Chris Christie had prior knowledge of the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures, WNBC-4 New York’s Brian Thompson is reporting that multiple sources say that U. S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s investigation into the scandal could be wrapped up by the end of next month resulting in “at least a half dozen potential indictments.”
Thompson’s report said that those facing potential indictment are former Christie staffers and current and former Port Authority officials.Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Port Authority | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Brian Thompson, Bridgegate, Chris Christie, George Washington Bridge, Port Authority, Port Authority of NY/NJ, WNBC-4 New York | 4 Comments »
The Joint Legislative Committee led by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) and Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) have produced an ‘interim” report that has found no evidence that Governor Chris Christie had any prior knowledge of the George Washington Bridge lane closures in September of 2013.
The report, which was made available to members of the committee yesterday and is scheduled to be made public on Monday, was reviewed by NJ.com who first reported on its contents.
“At present, there is no conclusive evidence as to whether Governor Chris Christie was or was not aware of the lane closures either in advance of their implementation or contemporaneously as they were occurring,” the report states. “Nor is there conclusive evidence as to whether Governor Christie did or did not have involvement in implementing or directing the lane closures.”
As has been widely reported since the “Bridgegate” story broke last January, the report indicates that Christie’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Ann Kelly and Port Authority staffer David Wildstein ordered the lane closures. The Wisniewski/Weinberg investigation has not discovered why Kelly emailed Wildstein in August of 2013 “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” It has been widely speculated that the lane closures were political retribution aimed at Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for failing to endorse Christie’s reelection. The report repeats the speculation.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Bridgegate, Bridgegate Investigation, Chris Christie, Sentor Loretta Weinberg | 10 Comments »
NBC News is quoting anonymous sources stating that the federal investigation into Governor Chris Christie into the George Washington Bridge lane closures last year have found no evidence that the Governor had any involvement in or knowledge of the stunt.
Former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said that at this point it is unlikely that Christie will be implicated.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | 13 Comments »
For the second consecutive week an anonymously sourced national media report has suggested that Governor Chris Christie could be prosecuted for conduct involving the Port Authority of NY/NJ.
A New York Times report published on the Gray Lady’s website last evening and in the print edition this morning suggests that Christie could be prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Security Exchange Commission for pushing the Port Authority to fund $1.8 billion in repairs to the Pulaski Skyway. The NYTimes report relies heavily on dozens of memos and emails that investigators reviewed and the NYTimes obtained. Most of the documents mentioned in the story involve Bill Baroni, the former State Senator and Christie’s point man at the Port Authority until his resignation last December.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie | Tags: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Esquire, New York Times | 28 Comments »