Oh my, the wingnuts are gonna love this.
Chimpy invited New Jersey lawyer Jonathan Saint-Preux to the White House Christmas party a scant two months after Saint-Preux received a felony indictment. Better yet, Saint-Preux stands accused of forging immigration documents in order to allow hunderds of illegal aliens to stay in the US.
Paging Tom Tancredo!
President George W. Bush invited an indicted New Jersey lawyer to a White House holiday party less than two months after the attorney was charged with immigration fraud, court records show.
Jonathan Saint-Preux was indicted on Oct. 5 with his wife, Michele, and another man on federal charges that they submitted fraudulent documents to help hundreds of undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. Saint-Preux, who pleaded innocent, attended the White House party on Nov. 30, said his attorney, Patrick Toscano.
U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden in Newark, New Jersey, signed an order granting permission for Saint-Preux “to travel to Washington DC to attend a function at the White House at the request of President and Mrs. Bush.” A Justice Department prosecutor consented to the trip, court records show.
“He was at a Christmas party,” Michele Saint-Preux said in an interview yesterday at her husband’s office in Irvington, New Jersey, where she is the manager. “He’s been doing political work with the White House for years.”
Inside the law office were separate framed photographs of Saint-Preux with first lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Democratic New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Michele Saint-Preux said her husband also did political work to support former President Bill Clinton.
White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore didn’t have details on why Saint-Preux was invited to the party. “Thousands of people attend the White House holiday parties,” she said.
According to the indictment, Saint-Preux, his wife, and a man who recruited clients for him, Naranjan Patel, lied on immigration documents. They claimed the immigrants had lived continuously in the U.S. from before 1982 until at least May 1987, prosecutors said. Prosecutors claim the ruse was intended to help immigrants qualify for legal residency under a U.S. amnesty program.