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Breaking News- Reports say Gov. Spitzer to resign

From Fox News-

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is expected to submit his resignation to the New York General Assembly Monday night after allegations surfaced earlier in the day that he is "Client 9," named in a federal prostitution case.

Four arrests were made last week in connection to the alleged high-dollar ring, known as the Emperors Club VIP. According to a law enforcement official, Spitzer was named in court papers as a client after being taped arranging a meeting with one of the prostitutes.

The New York Times reports that the governor's travel records show he was in Washington in mid-February. It also says one of the ring's clients arranged to meet with a prostitute during that time.

Why would employing a prostitute require Spitzer's resignation? The New York Times gives us that angle.

An affidavit in the federal investigation into a prostitution ring said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.

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Federal prosecutors rarely charge clients in prostitution cases, which are generally seen as state crimes. But the Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910 to address prostitution, human trafficking and what was viewed at the time as immorality in general, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution. The four defendants charged in the case unsealed last week were all charged with that crime, along with several others.

Ah the Mann Act. As a former Attorney General, Spitzer should be aware of this law. Of course, he probably didn't feel it applied to him. Not the first or the last elected official to think they are above the law. The stupidity of Spitzer's actions is just incredible.

James Joyner at OTB has a rather good and lengthy post on this developing story. At the bottom of the post, James reports-

A well placed source tells me that Spitzer will announce his resignation at 7 Eastern this evening.
If Spitzer resigns, Lt. Governor David A. Paterson, becomes governor. He is both African-American and legally blind.

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Michelle Malkin links to an... (Below threshold)
david:

Michelle Malkin links to an ABC story that the investigation started with suspicions of money laundering by Spitzer.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4424507&page=1

davidAnd your poin... (Below threshold)
JFO:

david

And your point is ?

This was interesting... <br... (Below threshold)

This was interesting...
Scroll over to the 9:00 minute mark, although the entire tape is interesting.

http://reason.tv/video/show/212.htmls

Stone lays out some interesting markers that were missed by many.

<a href="http://abcnews.go.... (Below threshold)

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4424507&page=1

The first sentence was the point....

The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer's suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes, according to federal officials.

He won't resign. He was onl... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

He won't resign. He was only 'polling' his supporters.

uh huh and then it went on ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

uh huh and then it went on to say what?

Well, you tell us JFO.... (Below threshold)

Well, you tell us JFO.

Parse it.

Gladly ...From dav... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Gladly ...

From david's link:

"It was only months later that the IRS and the FBI determined Spitzers wasn't hiding bribes...."

Again, what was your point?

The point is that Spitzer's... (Below threshold)

The point is that Spitzer's unsual cash transactions alerted federal law enforcement that a sitting governor might be engaged in illegal acts.

This link sums it up well:

http://rss.townhall.com/trackback/hughhewitt/949f2ab9-9294-4c78-a319-23fbd2e6fd47/

These are all reasonable questions in the course of a criminal investigation. That's the point.

My link didn't work so here... (Below threshold)

My link didn't work so here is a cut and paste from a very good comment from Hugh Hewitt's Townhall blog.

Questions re: Spitzer

1. How many people get caught in a vice sting on their 1st offense?
2. Who covers his tab at $5,500 per session?
3. How many prostitution rings are not connected to organized crime?
4. How long has he been a user?
5. How many O.C. figures do not know who Spitzer is?

It's not about sex, it's about the a.g./governor of NY being compromised...
how many of his selected prosecutions have been dictated by his own agenda, or by others? What would getting advance word of his targets be worth, or for that matter did he take direction under duress?


No, your point(s) was obvio... (Below threshold)
JFO:

No, your point(s) was obviously to create an impression that there was more to it than the prostitution aspect. Not enough intellectual honesty on your part(s) to make the point accurately. No surprise that.

Incidentally, I hope he resigns and I hope all of the facts come out in the wash (no pun intended).

No, your point(s) was... (Below threshold)

No, your point(s) was obviously to create an impression that there was more to it than the prostitution aspect. Not enough intellectual honesty on your part(s) to make the point accurately.

No, you don't need to put words in my mouth, JFO. My point was clearly stated. My point is not your (creation). Don't lecture me on intellectual honesty. And don't slide out of here with a sentence that begins with the word "incidentally".

Your last response was inte... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Your last response was interesting - muddled and not a straight answer - but interesting. You leapt to the defense of david when I challenged him about the point he raised about "money laundering" when he conveniently omitted the sentence that stated the IRS and FBI determined Spitzer wasn't hiding bribes. Clearly, it was an attempt to create an impression by omission (an act of intellectual dishonesty). There is absolutely no other reason to state it that way.

If you support his point you too are intellectual dishonest. I'm not lecturing you at all - just pointing out the obvious. I have no idea what you mean by not sliding out of here.

JFODavid's comment... (Below threshold)

JFO

David's comment started with this:

Michelle Malkin links to an ABC story that the investigation started with suspicions of money laundering by Spitzer.

Note the words "started" and "suspicions"...clearly those are qualifying words. It is by no means "Clear(ly)it was an attempt to create an impression by omission (an act of intellectual dishonesty)."

If you support his point you too are intellectual (sic) dishonest.

He made no "point"...he linked an article by Malkin.

Yeah, and I have a bridge i... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Yeah, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale Hugh.

Yeah, and I have a br... (Below threshold)

Yeah, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale Hugh.

JFO,if Spitzer still has enough stroke to get legislation passed to make it a toll bridge, I'm a buyer.

Are you looking for a soque puppet?


JFO is a known dishonest "J... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

JFO is a known dishonest "Just F*ing Obtuse" liberal. This thread is just another example of that dishonesty. NO wonder he can support Obama.

JFO's usual nonsense, I see... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

JFO's usual nonsense, I see. Spitzer's done enough damage to the American economy as NY AG, and demonstrated his corrupt style as Governor. Good riddance.

Or if he refuses to resign, even more entertaining.

Being a liberal, JFO can sp... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Being a liberal, JFO can spin for Spitzer, but he is not honest enough to admit that. That 's why he has to use his usual JFO ("just f*ing obtuse") cheap distraction tactic.

I have to wonder if the arc... (Below threshold)

I have to wonder if the arcane financial crime of structuring would apply to Spitzer?

That would introduce a level of irony that is almost unprecedented even for this story.

But this is funny:

http://dealbreaker.com/2008/03/eliot_spitzer_vows_to_crack_do.php

And now we shall see all th... (Below threshold)
Brian:

And now we shall see all those Republicans who gave David Vitter a pass come down hard on Spitzer.

(Wow, there's no way to write that sentence without it sounding dirty.)

Spitzer won't resign. He'll... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Spitzer won't resign. He'll tough it out until the MSM and his fellow Dems come to his rescue and declare the whole matter 'just sex', then claim he is a 'victim' of a VRWC.

Brian is rooting for his <a... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Brian is rooting for his hero crusader again

Hugh, there is some specula... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Hugh, there is some speculation that he will be so charged with structuring to avoid the cash reporting law.

Meanwhile, the usual suspects who were so gleeful about Larry Craig are coming up with silly excuses or "Hey, look over there!" arguments.

It is pretty amusing. But the end of Eliot Spitzer corrupt and unethical admin will do New York some good.

Spitzer won't resign. He... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Spitzer won't resign. He'll tough it out until the MSM and his fellow Dems come to his rescue and declare the whole matter 'just sex', then claim he is a 'victim' of a VRWC.

So the "David Vitter" strategy. Should Spitzer get the standing ovation that Vitter got too?

So the "David Vitter" strat... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

So the "David Vitter" strategy. Should Spitzer get the standing ovation that Vitter got too?
---------------------------------
After showing contrition to his colleagues for betraying conservative principles, Vitter got a standing ovation as pointed out below. Spitzer should get a standing ovation for staying true to the liberal principles. Is that why the liberals are trashing Vitter and now defending Spitzer? Since liberals advocating trashing the family, teaching pornography in schools, allowing abortion for 12 year old girl (eg. Spitzer), lower the legal age for prostitution (eg. Ginsburg), and denying medical care to surviving aborted children, so Spitzer 's behavior is no big deal! Brian, you can give Spitzer a standing ovation for staying true to your liberal values.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/17/AR2007071701744.html

Since Brian wants to talk a... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Since Brian wants to talk about hypocrisy, here is a good example to look at.

http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=11385
Mr. American Hypocrite Weighs In

This morning, NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been scheduled to speak to the Family Planning Advocates' 31st Annual Conference. The abortion racketeers are seeking more money. And he was preparing to push legislators to do their bidding-before he was forced to cancel his appearance.

As payback to his abortion industry supporters, Spitzer had supported "the Reproductive Health & Privacy Protection Act (RHAPP)" under the guise of "codifying Roe v. Wade." It would:

* Allow non-doctors to perform abortions, including a dentist, a social worker, or a health care practitioner.
* Let girls as young as 12 obtain abortions throughout all 9 months of pregnancy without ever having to tell their parents.
* Force health practitioners or Catholic hospitals to lose their medical licenses if they don't perform abortions since they would be denying women the "fundamental right" of an abortion.

BTW, Brian, the left can ex... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

BTW, Brian, the left can excuse Clinton of alleged rape and carry their water for all these years, Spitzer 's action pale in comparison in any case. Go ahead and give him a standing ovation for staying true to your liberal principles.

John Adams said:<blo... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

John Adams said:

Government is nothing more than the combined force of society,or united power of the multitude, for the peace, order, safety, good, and happiness of the people...There is no king or queen bee distinguished from all others, by size or figure or beauty and variety of colors, in the human hive. No man has yet produced any revelation from heaven in his favor, any divine communication to govern his fellow man. Nature throws us all into the world equal and alike...
The preservation of liberty depends upon the intellectual and moral charactor of the people. As long as knowledge and virtue are diffused generally among the body of a nation, it is impossible they should be enslaved...
Ambition is one of the more ungovernable passions of the human heart. The love of power is insatiable and uncontrollable...
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government to be is to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

Bolding emphasis is mine...ed

So you've been off your med... (Below threshold)
Brian:

So you've been off your meds for, what, a week or so now?

It's time to go back on.

Brian, You have bee... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Brian,
You have been contantly drinking the liberal kool-aid that you cannot stop but spinning for your hero and icon?

Does anyone seriously wonde... (Below threshold)

Does anyone seriously wonder about the potential vulnerability to undue influence of a high-placed public official who is conducting a clandestine relationship with prostitutes charging up to $5000 an hour?

Brian and JFO are just doing their usual schtick, trying to distract or divert the discussion from the topic.

Oh, and Spitzer is a former... (Below threshold)

Oh, and Spitzer is a former prosecutor. He won't resign until he makes a deal to avoid jail time - and he can use resignation from office as an offer of "punishment" to the feds. If he resigned now, he'd be doing it for free and have precious little else with which to bargain.

Brian and JFO are just d... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian and JFO are just doing their usual schtick, trying to distract or divert the discussion from the topic.

Not at all. Just trying to understand why Vitter gets a standing ovation and Spitzer is scum. The distractors and diverters are the ones who pretend that issue doesn't exist.

The lefties will defend the... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The lefties will defend their candidates and incumbants their rights to be as deviant as possible. See above for proof. ww

Interesting comments from t... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Interesting comments from the usual suspects accusing those of us on the left of supporting deviant behavior.

For you morons (you know who you are) who never bother to read comments see # 11 where I said I hoped Spitzer would resign and that all the facts would be disclosed.

WW - have you taken your morning meds? Your comment is incomprehensible for the most part. Oh never mind. Your comments are always that way. Are you a bot for the RNC?

Case proven. ww... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Case proven. ww

Thank you...the first step ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Thank you...the first step in recovery willie is the admission.

Gov. Spitzer is not going t... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Gov. Spitzer is not going to resign:
1. He has too many powerful friends to worry about keeping his job.
2. He's a Democrat, so the party with no moral, ethical, or legal standards is not going to put pressure on him to resign.
3. He has an ego big enough to fill the Grand Canyon.
4. Senator Clinton and her friends will be putting pressure on him not to resign. After all, if Spitzer resigns over a scandal that's "Just about sex", her defense of the Clinton sex scandals looks ludicrous.

The lefties will defend ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The lefties will defend their candidates and incumbants their rights to be as deviant as possible. See above for proof.

I'm looking, but I don't see. Please point out for us where anyone on the left defended Spitzer. Or is that accusation just your way of continuing the distraction and diversion?

And kevino follows up with ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

And kevino follows up with another "Vitter? Never heard of him?" post.

JFO liberals like Brian are... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

JFO liberals like Brian are hypocrites (just like Greenwald) want to defend their hero/icon Spitzer but not honest enough to admit it. I spelled it out for them. They can give Spitzer a standing ovation for staying true to their liberal values. That 's their argument in any case. Since liberals do not care about family values, children etc ... so this is not a big deal for them. They could excuse Clinton for even an alleged rape. So what is the big deal here.

And Brian does another in a... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

And Brian does another in an arithmetic series of "Spitzer? I wanna talk about old news instead" comments.

Roger Kimball has a great c... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Roger Kimball has a great column on Pajamas Media:
link here

He quotes a line of Glenn Reynolds:

My favorite so far was highlighted by Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit: "Prostitute Admits Link to Eliott Spitzer; Resigns From Escort Service in Disgrace." Pretty good, eh?

But the best line is:


I feel similarly about Eliot Spitzer and hypocrisy. His behavior gives that ambiguous vice a bad name. What's wrong with Eliot Spitzer is not so much that he praised good things and did bad ones. Most of the items he championed in his various moral campaigns were, when you looked behind the rhetoric, of dubious value. Really, he was a power-hungry, regulation-crazed functionary whose chief sin was to harness the power of the state to destroy his enemies and aggrandize himself. Had he been a little more hypocritical he might have been less dangerous.

And Brian does another i... (Below threshold)
Brian:

And Brian does another in an arithmetic series of "Spitzer? I wanna talk about old news instead" comments.

If Vitter is "old news", then I expect to see no more comments about Bill Clinton.

JFO liberals like Brian ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

JFO liberals like Brian are hypocrites (just like Greenwald) want to defend their hero/icon Spitzer but not honest enough to admit it.

Spitzer is my hero? My icon? I defended him? Greenwald posted here?

Can you say just one thing that's true? Clearly not.

They can give Spitzer a standing ovation for staying true to their liberal values.

You're confused. That was Vitter, and it was conservative values.

Its going to be pretty hila... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Its going to be pretty hilarious when Spitzer is charged with multiple federal felonies. Have some nitro tablets handy for that day, Brian.

Elliot Spitscum is a role m... (Below threshold)
914:

Elliot Spitscum is a role model for all the wayward libs. ^^

1. Cheat on wife. prerequisite.

2. Blame conservatives.

3. Minimize Your own disgusting behaviors..a requirement.

Its going to be pretty h... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Its going to be pretty hilarious when Spitzer is charged with multiple federal felonies. Have some nitro tablets handy for that day, Brian.

Why? I think he should resign over the potential state charges. Why should I change my mind for federal charges?

Interesting, though, that you find it hilarious when elected officials commit felonies. It explains a lot.

Brian, This threat ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Brian,
This threat is about Spitzer, not about Vitter. Why are you talking about Vitter here? Because you want to distract from Spitzer. You cannot even be honest about it. You cannot be honest about your argument. Vitter deserved condemnation because he claimed to care about family values (widely condemned by liberal hypocrites like Greenwald). You don't want to deal with Spitzer because he stays true to your liberal values.

You want to talk about Spitzer or you want to distract? Be honest for once.

<a href="http://www.comment... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Eliot Spitzer, Crook . The information is old, dated back to 1994. Times still made him the hero/icon in 2004/2005. The same Clinton model has been at work. Liberal principle: we have no standard, so we can defend Clinton and Spitzer and we can talk on both sides of our mouth at the same time.

Vitter deserved condemna... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Vitter deserved condemnation because he claimed to care about family values

And yet instead he got a standing ovation from Republicans. Thanks for making my point. You should stop now before you look more foolish.

Interesting, thoug... (Below threshold)
SPQR:
Interesting, though, that you find it hilarious when elected officials commit felonies. It explains a lot.

Typical of your abject dishonesty, Brian, to lie about what I wrote. But that's what we expect from you, Brian. Lies.

I find it hilarious that Eliot Spitzer is going to be charged for his crimes finally.

Brian lies? Oh, that 's his... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Brian lies? Oh, that 's his standard operating procedure. Brian wants to talk about hypocrisy, but he doesn't want to deal with Spitzer 's hypocrisy and this thread is about Spitzer. But lying is 2nd nature to Brian in any case

http://www.rogerlsimon.com/mt-archives/2008/03/spitzer_update.php
Moreover, the outcry against Spitzer was not because he was some man seeing a prostitute, but because he was a guy who puts prostitutes in jail seeing a prostitute.


COuldn't help but notice th... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

COuldn't help but notice the 2nd nature of liberal for hypocrisy or spinning. Note that Mills and Vitter were identified as Republican. Yet Roosevelt, Kennedy, Clinton were not identified as democrats. There are several examples out there today. Brian is just another example of this 2nd nature for spinning.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=4424943&page=1
By 1976, Rep. Wilbur Mills, R-Ark., couldn't run for re-election after he cavorted nude in Tidal Basin with stripper Fanny Fox. Last year, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., admitted using the services of the D.C. Madam, a high-priced call girl ring operated in the district.

Presidents -- from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton -- have earned reputations as serial cheaters. Psychologists say the very nature of their power invites self-destruction.

Spitzer's image as a corruption fighter was polished fighting white-collar crime and prostitution rings. He hunted down Wall Street wrongdoers with a chastising tone of moral rectitude. "Listen, I'm a steamroller," he said in his first days as governor.

JFO has gone onto his finge... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JFO has gone onto his fingerpainting class. Brian, you should get a hobby. ww

I'm back now willie. I had ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I'm back now willie. I had lots of fun. You seem a tad more lucid than this a.m. Meds working?




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