INQUIRY: Congressional Committee Wants To Know If Spitzer Sex Bust Was A Federal Takedown


NEW YORK TIMES: Eight months after a federal investigation into a prostitution ring brought about, the question persists in some circles: Was the federal government out to get Mr. Spitzer? No evidence has surfaced to support such an assertion, and the prosecutor in the case has said that politics played no role in the pursuit of Mr. Spitzer, a Democrat. But that has not put to rest suspicions, expressed on left wing blogs, that Mr. Spitzer, a zealous pursuer of Wall Street wrongdoing who some thought could one day be president, had been singled out.

Now, a congressional committee is pursuing what would be the first public examination of the events that prompted the initial inquiry into his bank transactions, which showed he was sending money to a front company for Emperor’s Club V.I.P. The House Financial Services Committee intends to take up the matter early next year and tentatively plans to hold hearings that could include testimony from the United States Treasury’s law enforcement unit, along with Mr. Spitzer’s bank, North Fork, and HSBC, a bank used by a company connected to the prostitution service.

The office of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael J. Garcia, declined to comment. Because Mr. Garcia said earlier this month that no charges would be pursued against Mr. Spitzer in the case, the committee’s work may represent the only forum in which to untangle the mystery of how the former governor ended up in the middle of a law enforcement rarity: a federal investigation into an adult prostitution ring. MORE

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