May 18, 2009

POLITICIZING U.S. ATTORNEYS? Democrats fix sights on GOP prosecutor
Easley, Edwards probes under way.

John Edwards admits federal investigators are asking him questions. Federal subpoenas were issued Friday related to Mike Easley.

As the separate federal probes into a former senator and the former governor are emerging, Democrats are taking steps to replace the Republican prosecutor who is spearheading the inquiries about the highest-profile North Carolina Democrats of the past decade. . . .

Edwards, a former senator, vice presidential nominee and presidential candidate, has acknowledged the federal investigation into whether any money given to his presidential campaign — or to nonprofits connected to his campaign — was funneled to his girlfriend, Rielle Hunter. Edwards has admitted having an affair with Hunter, who was hired to make short videos for the campaign.

Easley, governor from 2001 until January, was the subject of a federal subpoena issued Friday to the state Highway Patrol. The FBI wants records and information related to Easley’s private air travel. A separate state Board of Elections inquiry also is under way into a range of activities.

If Republicans were doing this, would it be a scandal?

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