Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shurtleff's Attorney Client Privilege

In the ongoing Koerber-fest Ponzi-palooza over who pressured who to protect their corrupt BFF's from investigation in the Wimmer/Koerber Ponzi-palooza, AG Mark Shurtleff dodges a bullet.

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. said he was under intense pressure to get rid of Commerce Department Director Francine Giani, but defended her as a strong public servant who was doing her job.

"I wanted no part of it," Huntsman said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune last week before leaving office.

Huntsman said he perceived the opposition to Giani resulting from "stylistic" differences. For his part, the former governor said he considered Giani to be a "tough" public servant and said "that's the kind of person I wanted" working for him.

Huntsman would not say who was pushing for Giani's dismissal and would not answer specifically whether Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was among those who sought Giani's ouster.

Huntsman's and Shurtleff's offices have cited attorney-client privilege -- the attorney general being legal counsel to the governor -- as a reason not to disclose whether Shurtleff wanted Giani replaced.

Kudos to Huntsman for at least coming clean that there was pressure to fire Giani. But the question here remains: who else but the AG or a legislator(s) would've been applying the pressure to end the investigation?

1 comment:

  1. Anybody who still thinks Shurtleff did NOT ask Huntsman to fire Giani is hopelessly naive. Good for Huntsman for standing up to that coward.