February 16, 2007
Nevada's Governor Under Investigation for Corruption
Newly-elected Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons is being investigated by the FBI for possible bribery and unlawful gratuities received from a friend and campaign contributor whose company received substantial military contracts. Warren Trepp allegedly provided the gifts to Gibbons while he was in the House of Representatives, including a Caribbean cruise and private jet flight that was not reported on the required Congressional disclosure statements. An e-mail exchange between Trepp and his wife has surfaced in which she purportedly wrote "[p]lease don’t forget to bring the money you promised Jim and Dawn [Gibbons]" a few days before the cruise. Trepp responded, “Don’t you ever send this kind of message to me! Erase this message from your computer right now!” Unfortunately, the "Delete" key does not get rid of this kind of evidence, which may go a long way in the government's investigation. Governor Gibbons has denied any impropriety in his relationship with Trepp. An AP story (here) discusses the FBI's confirmation of the existence of the investigation. (ph)
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Coincidence that this is also one of the federal districts in which the US Attorney was fired by Attorney General Gonzalez? Sounds like some folks with some politcal pull trying to get the heat off of themselves.
Also same district that had done other high profile political corruption cases (Operation G-Sting & husband of former GOP chair investigations).
Posted by: Deuce the Lawlinebacker | Feb 18, 2007 12:50:42 PM