The House Ethics Committee report came out on March 29, 2010, finding Deal violated 6 House ethics rules. The initial accusations against Deal didn’t happen until earlier this year either. Factor in time for an investigation to proceed to a grand jury, then empaneling of a grand jury, and this would be about the length of time necessary before the grand jury starts probing involved witnesses.
Deal says the U.S. Attorney tells him he is not subject to an investigation.
“Neither Nathan, nor anyone who worked for him, nor Ken Cronan, is under federal subpoena,” said spokesman Brian Robinson. “After we found out about this, we talked to the U.S. attorney’s office and they have assured us that Nathan nor anyone else is the target or the subject of a federal investigation. The timing of this is suspicious, but Nathan is not the subject or the target of a federal investigation.”
Typically the U.S. Attorney can only say what he is saying publicly — he cannot comment.
Given the composition of the U.S. Attorney’s office, were this political, it would not be coming out now. It’d be happening in the general election. So either a federal grand jury is summoning people to talk about Nathan Deal’s business deals (pun intended) for no good reason, or someone is being investigated by the federal grand jury and the investigation relates to Deal’s business.
If we take Brian Robinson at his word, we can dismiss Nathan Deal, Ken Cronan, and Chris Riley. That would leave Doug Collins and Cronan’s son, unless they fall under Robinson’s catch all “nor anyone else is the target.”
But then what is a federal grand jury doing besides wasting people’s time? Something is going on and it doesn’t look good.
UPDATE: Going back into the archives I did find a list of people Nathan Deal has identified as possible culprits. Perhaps they are being investigated. According to Deal back in March, George Soros, The Democratic Party, Sonny Perdue appointees, the AJC, Nancy Pelosi, and the Georgia Department of Revenue may be targets of the investigation.
But again, Deal’s spokesman, Brian Robinson, says nobody is being investigated, which means we need to investigate why a federal grand jury is snooping around for no good reason when legally they can’t do that.
UPDATE 2: A friend points out that Casey Cagle’s name is all over the Ethics Committee report. But to my knowledge there are no suggestions he was complicit, just having to deal with whether or not to keep the program in.