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Saturday, May 09, 2009

More details on Weldon wiretaps revealed

Well, there was no need for them to wiretap our blogger conference call with Weldon in February 2006. You can hear more of the audio that we posted right here online.

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

Federal investigators were running wiretaps for months at a time in 2006 on then-U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon's chief of staff and other members of his inner circle, the U.S. Justice Department has revealed.

The wiretaps were disclosed in letters that the department recently sent to individuals - including this reporter, then employed at another newspaper - whose phone conversations with the targeted parties were intercepted....

The feds also were eavesdropping on Weldon's chief of staff, Russ Caso, from March to July 2006. Caso later pleaded guilty to failing to list a conflict of interest in his 2005 congressional disclosure forms, and agreed to cooperate against Weldon. He is scheduled to be sentenced later this month....

Jules Epstein, an associate professor at Widener University School of Law, said that the disclosure of the wiretaps and sentencing of cooperating witnesses appears to indicate that the probe is winding down, possibly without additional indictments.