Friday, September 23, 2005

Feds Investigate Dems' Obtaining Steele's Credit Report

BALTIMORE -- Federal prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations that two Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee employees illegally tapped into Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's credit history.

WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported the workers obtained the report in July while executing opposition research on the lieutenant governor.

In June, the Republican lieutenant governor announced he had established an exploratory committee to explore a candidacy for the U.S. Senate (Full Story).

Paul D. Ellington, Steele's chief of staff, issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon in reaction to the allegations.

Remember Memogate?

"Lt. Gov. Steele was extremely disturbed to learn about the alleged criminal identity theft of his personal finance records by (a staff member of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,) at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"He was notified by the FBI that a federal criminal investigation is under way and has been asked not to comment on the specifics of the case.

"He intends to honor this request and expects that those responsible for these actions will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

According to the FBI, two Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee employees illegally obtained Steele's credit report.

Those familiar with the incident, say Katie Barge and Lauren Weiner were working on opposition research in July. They found Steele's Social Security number in a court document and used it to obtain his credit report.

Do you know who Manuel Miranda is?

He was the Republican staffer that had Democraitc Judiciary memos literally left on his desktop.

I recall the dems going ballistic over him revealing the memos. (Of course they did that to take of focus on what was in the memos.)

We'll just have to wait and see how outraged the dems are over their staffer(s) getting a hold of Steele's SS# and then illegally obtaining his credit report.

And I would just go on the record that I am Shocked, Shocked that the Dems are playing dirty politics.