Acting U.S. Attorney Vinny Cohen lost out on getting the gig permanently last week, due in part to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton using her “senatorial privilege” to weigh in for another candidate. NBC4 reports that Norton was fed up with how long it had taken Cohen and previous U.S. Attorney Ron Machen to finish their investigation into Vince Gray and shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson.
Which is strange, because Norton received a whole lot of campaign contributions from Thompson and his illegal straw donor network. In other words, Norton had a say in whether someone who brought criminal charges against one of her major campaign donors should get a promotion.
Does that strike anyone besides LL as weird?
Norton proved reluctant to give up her donations from Thompson’s shadow network, which amounted to at least $20,000. More than a year after the feds originally raided Thompson’s home and office, Norton finally gave the money to D.C. Vote. Those illegal donations didn’t stop Norton from weighing on Cohen, who busted one of her campaign donors and, at the least, embarrassed her.
When LL asked whether Norton considered recusing herself, Norton chief of staff Raven Reeder points out that nearly every District politician received Thompson straw money.
Fair enough. But those other recipients of Thompson money didn’t have a say in whether Cohen would become U.S. Attorney.
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