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Tue Jul 14, 2015, 10:18 AM

92. Laxman Nails The Mastro Report Subpoena: It's "We're Not Worthy!" Time

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Originally posted by Laxman:

I think...(Fishman) already knows that (The Mastro Report) documents don't exist. Here's a link to their letter saying they don't object to a subpoena to produce this material...I don't quite get what they're saying here -- unless it's calculated to expose a coverup...


North Jersey.com: A federal judge has ordered the law firm that wrote a report on the George Washington Bridge lane closings for Governor Christie’s office to turn over any handwritten notes or recordings of interviews it conducted with dozens of administration officials during its investigation.

The notes had been requested by attorneys for two former Christie allies who are now fighting federal criminal charges, the governor’s onetime deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and a former Port Authority deputy executive director, Bill Baroni...Mastro had previously submitted a letter to the judge stating that the firm had no additional notes or recordings, just interview “summaries” that have already been made public...

Mastro has said that investigators did not record or transcribe the interviews, and the “summaries” state that they reflect the “mental thoughts and impressions” of the attorneys who conducted the interviews. Some people who were interviewed later said during legislative testimony that the summaries were not entirely accurate...


From the upthread Talking Points Memo article:


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Gibson Dunn is therefore under a contractual obligation to keep any documents and notes relating to these interviews since they constitute “work product.”

...And note also that if anything was to be destroyed by the firm – even if it was after the ordinary seven-year-long retention period – Mastro’s team was obligated to notify their client – the Christie Administration.

...Gibson Dunn’s legal bills, interview memos, and their compliance with their state contract are all likely to become the target of scrutiny. And if it turns out that Gibson Dunn did indeed destroy documents, (Kelly's attorney) is asking the judge to convene a hearing so he can ask who at the firm did the shredding, when it took place, and who in the Christie administration gave their approval...

Which means that Christie and Mastro are officially between a rock and a hard place. They have 45 days in which to produce either the documents or an explanation as to why they don't exist (if they ever did). The best part is, they're damned if they do AND damned if they don't. Now it makes sense that the Mastro Report was disappeared from the GDC Web site. And this also shows that Laxman is much better at "calculus" than he thinks!


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