U.S. Dept. of Justice Mug Shot of James O'Keefe January 26, 2010 after his arrest. (AP Photo/US Dept. of Justice)
James O’Keefe one of the four arrested last week for trying to interfere with the telephone system in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, gave a few "exclusive" interviews to most of the Fox opinion channel talking heads yesterday.
The four men, James O'Keefe, Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan are currently charged with “entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony“. Further charges are definitely possible as the investigation moves forward further. It's going to be interesting to see if one of the rats rats out the other rats.
In the interview yesterday with Sean Hannity, O’Keefe excused what he and the others had done as OK because, "it's the people’s office."
Hannity asked O’Keefe if he and the others dressed up as telephone repairmen and misrepresented themselves in her office, and O’Keefe said. “Yea, we did, yes”. Thats interesting since that was part of the charges against O'Keefe.
Let me try to understand what O'Keefe did. Supposedly, because she is an elected official who has an office in a Federal building its OK to misrepresent yourself and attempt to mess with the phone system for her office and the entire building when seeking the truth because “it’s the people’s office”.
Hannity also asked O'Keefe if he or the others had any electronic equipment or recording devices and if they were trying to bug the phones, and O’Keefe said, “no”.
In an indirect way Hannity asked O'Keefe “You did record the entire incident?” And O’Keefe replied, “yes”. But he said he had no electronic equipment or recording devices.
Through most of the interview when Hannity’s questions required precise answers from the offender, his reply was “Its an ongoing investigation so I cannot comment”.
When Hannity asked him about the report that he and his crew tried to gain access to the buildings main phone line box, O’Keefe used the crooks universal ballywick “I cannot comment” card.
James O’Keefe and his gang are facing some serious jail time, and for O’Keefe to give interviews and to make comments on Twitter about his case, which can and most likely will be used against him. Former federal prosecutors are all over the airwaves saying going on tv was really dumb for O'Keefe to do. The other three quite as church mice men that were arrested are probably wishing that he would just shut up and let the lawyers handle it.
I can't wait to see how this show ends. Seems as though Mr. O'Keefe has a long and expensive legal proceedings staring him in the face. Lest we forget, there are still those invasion of privacy charges he has looming over the way he made his Acorn video. Turns out there are laws about illegally recording people in their office. With his journalistic credentials in the toilet he claims to be working yet again on some expose yet to be announced. Maybe it will be how prisoners are treated in the federal penitentiary.
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