Thursday, November 12, 2009

Is Andrew Cuomo Protecting Eliot Spitzer?

Wall Street is not done pounding on Eliot Spitzer, but NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo may be attempting to protect Spitzer from the rest of the world finding out how a sleazeball politician really operates.

Cuomo, who appeared to never spot a television camera he didn't like, has apparently found one. Any camera with a reporter that wants to know more about Spitzer's secret email account where he laid the dirt out on his aggressive tactics to gain high-profile fame.

Lawyers for insurance mogul Hank Greenberg have sought e-mails that Spitzer used in his 2005 prosecution of Greenberg for alleged fraud as head of American International Group. (Greenberg ran AIG before its collapse. It is not clear if AIG would have written the mad derivatives it did, if Greenberg would have been around.)

Greenberg's lawyers claim Spitzer used private e-mails to contact AIG insiders and to cajole the media into writing flattering stories about Spitzer's political future. In one instance, court documents claim, an e-mail led Spitzer to boast to a Newsweek reporter that his "high-profile pursuit of Greenberg 'metastasized' his reputation" and helped him win the governor's race, NyPo reports. But Cuomo has been playing hide and seek with the emails. NyPo again:
For nearly two years, current New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has resisted Greenberg's freedom-of-information requests to turn over the private hoard of e-mails.

Court records show Cuomo's office made a range of arguments to block their release: that the e-mails are privileged prosecutorial documents exempt from public view, or the attorney general didn't have access to a private commercial account. The latest is they don't exist in attorney general document searches. State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Cahill in upstate Kingston ruled in July that Cuomo must turn over the requested e-mails, but none have surfaced, records showed last week.

Cahill is expected to affirm his ruling that Cuomo must turn over the documents or face contempt proceedings.

Although it is believed that Spitzer used the email to contact reporters, and possibly with regard to illegal investigations of political opponents, it is not known if he used the account to set up any appointments with the many call girls he used, such as Audrey "Kristen" Dupree.

1 comment:

  1. It must be part of Eliot's planned comeback. It's sad that anyone has Spitzer as a commenter.