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  •  I suspect (5+ / 0-)

    there are NO Transcripts,

    Because there was NO real Investigation.

    Thanks Eric Nelson.

    I've got to go "realign" my resume right now ...


    Sooner or later were going to have to: Trade in those Carbon Footprints ...

    by jamess on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 09:03:12 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe but.. (5+ / 0-)
      Get 70 or so people on record in case they decide later, perhaps under further investigation, to add testimony that could incriminate Christie.
      ..don't you think that Christie's lawyers would want to keep a record ? That's a possibility I heard Steve Kornacki and others discussing today.

      OT:  I used to compete with Click & Clack while listening to their program to see who could find the problem first.
       I usually beat them to the diagnosis too. I'm a long time mechanic and those guys know their stuff pretty well so it was fun. :)

    •  There are definitely "interview memos" (3+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Dirtandiron, mzkryz

      but not a transcript, but a memo prepared by a lawyer present at the interview. They are subject to a qualified privilege -- called the attorney work product doctrine -- because they are NOT pure word for word transcripts but also contain the author's "mental impressions and legal analysis."  They can be written 'straight" or may reflect a lot of "shaping" by the author in order to form a coherent and chronological flow that isn't always reflected in the actual Q and A, which can jump around. And they don't always indicate exactly what the questions were, or how they were phrased, that elicted the subject's answer.

      Now, in a true objective internal investigation, the interview memos, whether "shaped" or not, will still accurately reflect what a witness said, and will also reflect problems or inconsistencies in what they said. If you are a lawyer who might eventually have to decide whether to put the witness on the stand or otherwise testify under oath, you want the reader (one of your fellow lawyers) to know how strong or weak a witness the interviewee really is. Which is exactly why the interview memos prepared by Gibson Dunn will never see the light of day.

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