I've been saying this for months. It's not Plame that will get these guys chased outta government. It's the NH phone jamming and Tom Noe's piggy bank. Now, via Susie Madrak, I see that things are closing in on the White House.
According to a recent court filing, indicted phone jammer Shaun Hansen may offer an affirmative defense at his upcoming fall trial, arguing that the phone jamming scheme which his company carried out had the seal of approval of both the Republican National Committee and the White House.
Apparently, Hansen's defense strategy is not going to focus on whether or not he jammed Democratic phone lines on Election Day in 2002. Rather, his defense strategy will be to persuade a jury that he may have been persuaded not just that the phone jamming was legal, but that he would be carrying out the scheme on behalf of the United States government. [my emphasis]
Got that? Apparently, in this post-9/11 world, it is in the interest of the United States government to make sure New Hampshire's Democratic seniors can't call their local Democratic campaign office to ask for a ride to the polls.
The thing I'm most amused by? Apparently one of the key differences between the soon-to-be-chatty Hansen and James Tobin, on whom the RNC dumped $3 million in defense fees, is that the Republicans have declined to pay for Hansen's defense.
Unlike Tobin, Hansen's defense is not being financed by the Republican National Committee. Rather, it is being paid for by the taxpayers.
Hansen is being represented by Jeffrey Levin, Assistant Federal Public Defender in the New Hampshire Federal Defender's office.
You know what? Assuming a couple of a million dollars in defense funds don't appear out of nowhere (which they may, after this filing), I think we might get our money's worth on Shaun Hansen's public defender fees.