Outgoing Rep. Steve Stockman and three staffers in his Capitol Hill office have been served with grand jury subpoenas for testimony and documents in a criminal investigation in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The Texas Republican ó who has been under scrutiny for campaign contributions from his staff ó hasnít decided whether to cooperate.
ďI am consulting with counsel to determine whether and to what extent compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the privileges and rights of the House,Ē Stockman formally informed Speaker John A. Boehner in a notice that was read by the House clerk when the chamber reconvened Wednesday after six weeks of recess.
Stockmanís office did not respond to phone or email inquiries on Monday.
Iíve been sitting on this story for some time now. You see, his is not the first move in the investigation of Stockman and unsavory. A friend who is a former Stockman staffer was recently interviewed by the FBI regarding the matters related to Stockmanís fundraising activities and the operation of his Congressional office. This friend was also called to testify by this same grand jury that issued these subpoenas. My take on the matter is that there will be multiple indictments related to campaign fundraising and illegal activity in Stockmanís Congressional office that is not related to fundraising, and that Stockman himself will likely be one of those indicted. Donít be surprised if these indictments involve Stockmanís official travel as well as his campaign.
Iím proud to say that I didnít vote for Steve Stockman in 2012 Ė I voted for a third party candidate rather than validate the election of a man I considered to be a fraud, a charlatan, and personally unfit for office. While I have from time to time found myself in agreement with Stockman on issues, I was pleased when he announced his plans to leave the House and even more pleased when he was crushed in the senatorial primary last spring. I canít wait to see Stockman back behind bars where he belongs.