Thursday's HOT MIC
The headline doesn't really show it, but this is a bombshell report from The Daily Caller's Luke Rosiak.
Rosiak is the only reporter I know of giving this story the attention it deserves. But enough of that -- let's get to the meat.
A court date for a former Democratic IT aide has been postponed by more than a month after the defendant’s attorney, a former Hillary Clinton aide, said he’s seeking to block prosecutors from using evidence that appears to include a government laptop tied to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“The government has been in discussions with counsel for the defendants regarding complex discovery issues and other legal issues in this case, in particular issues surrounding claims of attorney-client privilege being raised by defendant Imran Awan,” court papers filed Tuesday say.
“Last night, counsel for both defendants indicated that they need additional time to review and analyze these issues, along with the voluminous discovery the government provided in this case,” according to the documents. “The government consents to this request.”
Chris Gowen, Awan’s attorney, said at the last hearing: “We do expect there being an attorney-client privilege issue in this case… What occurred is a backpack from my client was found, he was trying to get a better signal, there was a note that said attorney client privilege and a hard drive. We feel very strongly about this.”
It is unclear how the handwritten note saying “attorney client privilege” could be construed to cover a hard drive, rather than the pages of notebook it was contained on.
Indeed. The contents of that hard drive are most emphatically not subject to attorney-client privilege -- those contents are government property, and evidence in what ought to be the most serious and widely covered government corruption case since Watergate.
Stay tuned. Lots more to come.