NYT confirms that there is a “preliminary corruption inquiry” of Jim Gibbons and his murky connections with Warren Trepp, who allegedly traded gifts for Gibbons’ help with gaining classified defense contracts:
The Justice Department declined formal comment, but some officials who had been briefed on the investigation said that a preliminary corruption inquiry had been opened. They cautioned that no charges had been filed, and said that such investigations took time and often concluded without any prosecution. The federal investigation was first reported, on Thursday, by The Wall Street Journal.
Most disturbing aspect of the Times story? They reprint the smirking Gibbons pic.
AP says about the same:
A federal law enforcement official confirmed the FBI probe Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said the inquiry is focusing on what role Gibbons played in awarding contracts to eTreppid Technologies LLC and whether he received any gifts in exchange.
Gibbons and Trepp’s mouthpiece Peck deny everything, natch. However, if I were the Gube, I’d get lawyered up, myself.
Uh, this seems strange, from WaPo:
The probe of Gibbons has also raised questions about the impending departure of U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of Nevada, whose office will oversee the investigation. Bogden is among seven U.S. attorneys who were abruptly fired by the Justice Department without explanation. His last day is Feb. 28.
But, as Wonkette notes, still no hookers.
The RJ reports that the F.B.I. in Washington are cringing at the thought of a visit from Gibbons, who’ll be back East for a Gubeathon at the National Governor’s Association Meeting. Also, Bogden and Gibbons are working to get their stories straight as to whether they know each other:
Gibbons said Thursday that he doesn’t know Bogden.
Bogden, who said he met Gibbons once, denied having anything to do with a raid on Montgomery’s home.
Uh, then who ordered that raid?