Fired Christie Aide Refuses To Honor Subpoena

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Bridget Anne Kelly, a former Chris Christie aide at the center of the Fort Lee traffic scandal has refused to surrender subpoenaed documents.  She is invoking the Fifth Amendment, which protects from self-incrimination.

Kelly, who penned the infamous email calling for “traffic problems in Fort Lee,” is also pointing to the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections. Allowing an investigative panel to view her private documents could “potentially reveal highly personal confidential communications” not connected to the scandal, says a letter from her lawyer. The letter also notes that the subpoena “directly overlaps with a parallel federal grand jury investigation,” the New York Times reports.

The heads of the panel are “considering our legal options with respect to enforcing the subpoena,” they say in a statement. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Chris Christie’s own office, the Record reports.

In a radio interview last night, Christie discussed the scandal with New Jersey 101.5. “I didn’t plan it. I didn’t authorize it. I didn’t approve it. I knew nothing about it,” he said, per the Record. He said his office was providing subpoenaed documents and he was working to “fix” what had gone wrong. “All this other stuff is just a game of gotcha—when did I first learn about this or that,” he said. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, for his part, tells CNN he takes Christie “at his word, but it would appear from the polls that a lot of folks don’t.”

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3 Responses to Fired Christie Aide Refuses To Honor Subpoena

  1. James Smith

    February 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Does this remind anyone else of Rosemary Wood the missing 40 minutes of audio tape? Another “Oops” from a political appointee.

    Except this isn’t an oops, it’s a “Hell no, I won’t go” type thing. That reminds me of the Vietnam War era, too.

  2. Michael John Scott

    February 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    She’s certainly in a similar position. I think, when it’s all said and done, she will spill the proverbial beans.

    • James Smith

      February 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      I agree. It isn’t as if Christie will ever again be in a position to do anything for her or against her. Might as well do a CYA.