According to Rachel Maddow, Bridget Ann Kelly is invoking her Fifth Amendment right and is refusing to turn over the documents requested by the federal prosecutor's subpoena. Also, Rachel is reporting that Governor Christie's office did receive a subpoena and as I reported in Christie answering questions live at 7:00 pm on radio (open thread) o-covered-live-on-CNN about an hour ago, Christie announced on his radio interview tonight that his office is complying with that subpoena.
A quick google produced these details on the Kelly story from The Daily Record
Meanwhile, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, invoked the Fifth Amendment by declining to provide the joint legislative body documents that it subpoenaed for its investigation, said her attorney, Michael Critchley. Kelly is a central figure in the controversy, having emailed a top Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official, David Wildstein, a message before the closings that said, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” to which Wildstein replied, “Got it.”
“A witness is legally required to invoke the privilege against self incrimination to avail oneself of its protections,” Critchley wrote in a letter dated today to Reid Schar, the Chicago-based attorney for the joint committee. “The Fifth Amendment’s protections are not limited to verbal testimony.” ... She was invoking that right because some of the information requested by the committee “directly overlaps with a parallel grand jury investigation being conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.” ...
For the same requests, Kelly invoked her rights under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, her federal and state rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.
She will not produce day planners, calendars, diaries, notes or personal digital devices or cell phones, because they are “impermissibly overboard,” Critchley wrote.
Previously, Bill Stepien and David Wildstein also invoked their 5th amendment rights.
Rachel is also reporting the absurdity of the attacks David Wildstein's high school record. She is also making the same point that Chris Hayes just made that if Chris Christie has known what a terrible person since high school why did he appoint him to a $150,000 job at the Port Authority and use him as an adviser for over five years? And, why did Chris Christie say that David Wildstein was a tireless advocate for the state?
If nothing else Governor Christie has just provided us with irrefutable proof that he is not qualified to be president based on his inability to select qualified people. Using nothing but his own words we can conclude that Chris Christie must be one of the worst judges of character of any notable public figure we know.
6:38 PM PT: Wow, Rachel Maddow is on fire tonight and really tearing into a whole list of inconsistent statements by Christie, and others. I recommend that all of you who have "Christie fever" get some popcorn and tune in.
Also, Rachel is reporting details the five days of lawyer prep for Boroni's false testimony that she reported here in here top rec'd article over the weekend under her pseudonym.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acknowledged Monday that his office received a subpoena from the U.S. attorney, even as he pushed back at new allegations concerning his involvement in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal. When asked whether his office had directly received such an order, he replied, “Yes.”
“They did that, and I understand why they did it,” he said of the subpoena. “We had already communicated to them that we’d cooperate voluntarily. They decided to send a subpoena, and that’s fine. We are complying with that in the same way we are complying with legislative subpoenas.”
The remarks came during an “Ask the Governor” radio segment on New Jersey 101.5 FM. He didn’t provide a subpoena due date, but said his office would provide the needed documents, as they are doing for other ongoing investigations tied to the allegedly politically motivated lane closures at the center of the “Bridgegate” scandal.
7:33 PM PT: What it feels like to be Chris Christie tonight. (Caution: do not try this at home. This is a trained professional.)