Washington D.C.--WTOP's Neal Augenstein has a new piece--published yesterday--that states U.S. federal district Judge James Robertson (who is rumored to be the NSA surveillance whistle-blower) has rejected the prosecution's motion to quash Republican Senator David Vitter's subpoena that orders him to testify in the trial of Deborah Jeane Palfrey (aka "The DC Madam).
It's safe to assume that he's not the only name, and we can presume to expect other--and bigger--names to be dropped during the trial.
Vitter is found in the records of Pamela Martin & Associates covering the years 1999-2001. His attorney has said that the senator is going to plead the Fifth amendment, which isn't going to help his reputation. It's also going to be an unpleasant ride for the GOP before the national elections. With the current state of the economy, and more bad news to come, this trial could be that one-two punch we've all been waiting for. The GOP has had it coming for over 30 years.
It's possible that the entitled Vitter will be a no-show--an act that will earn him a contempt citation and cast even more of an appearance of guilt on the wily Republican from Louisiana. That might work for individuals like former White House counsel Harriet Miers, and former White House chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and it might fly in Congress--but not in a federal courtroom. That Congress, she's such a pushover, she's so easy. Apparently, Judge Robertson is looking forward to what will be an "educational" trial. Aren't we all. Viddy well, bruthas, viddy well.
WTOP news, yesterday:
"The Name Game," The Blog of Legal Times, yesterday: http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2008/04/the-name-game.html