Your Wednesday Morning Republican Juggernaut Update

From Holden:

Oh my. When Rep. Katherine Harris recieved a grand jury subpeona regarding her dealings with convicted felon Mitchell Wade she concealed the subpeona from her top campaign advisors. Discovery of the subpeona prompted the most recent round of defections from her campaing staff, and Harris continues to lie about the subpeona to this day.

U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris received a grand jury subpoena from federal investigators and concealed the fact from top campaign advisers hired to help her deflect negative publicity, her former campaign manager has disclosed.

“Yes, there was a subpoena. She didn’t tell us,” said Glenn Hodas, Harris’ third and most recent campaign manager. He said he learned of it in June while reviewing invoices from powerhouse Washington lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg, and confronted his boss.

The invoices, Hodas said, were for work relating to a “DOJ subpoena,” referring to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The discovery culminated in the latest round of staff departures, in mid-July, Hodas said. Those resignations included Hodas and and the campaign spokesman.

“Finding out about the subpoena caused me to wonder about what was going on and what else I didn’t know. But I don’t want to comment any further on what appears to be a pending investigation,” said Hodas, reached by telephone Tuesday.


The subpoena was apparently issued for campaign records as part of a Justice Department investigation of Harris’ dealings with defense contractor Mitchell Wade.

The escalating inquiry by the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section already has involved interviews with Rollins, who conducted an internal inquiry for the campaign and said he spent two hours talking to investigators here, and Fred Asbell, who quit in June as Harris’ chief of staff in Congress, Harris’ fourth.


Her campaign, which has for 13 days refused to address the question of whether it received a subpoena, continued to resist confirming it Tuesday.

On July 18, after being asked about the subpoena, Harris’ campaign issued a statement noting only that “the DOJ requested information in May that we were more than willing to give.” There was no mention of a subpoena.

In the statement, Harris also suggested the investigation was a conspiracy to derail her candidacy. On July 19, the campaign again issued a statement stressing that Harris and her campaign “have fully cooperated with the DOJ.”

On Tuesday night, current Harris spokeswoman Jennifer Marks declined to answer the question once more: “I’m going to refer you to our previous statements addressing this matter.”