I have been watching for the last hour or so as the events unfold, and with each and every new announcement I become more flabbergasted.Â The first news article linked Elliot Spitzer with a prostitution ring, using only unnamed sources (always take those articles with a grain of salt):
Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.
The NY Sun later reported the previously unnamed ring was the Emperor’s Club which was indicted just last week:
The New York Sun reported today that prosecutors specializing in government corruption cases are leading the investigation into the prostitution service, suggesting that the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan may have evidence that a public official hired a prostitute.
The criminal complaint describes phone calls intercepted by the FBI of several clients of the prostitution service. The men are only identified as clients one to nine. The Times is reporting that client nine was Mr. Spitzer. The criminal complaint said that the liaison between client nine and a prostitute named Kristen occurred in Washington DC. The complaint said that client nine left a deposit with the prostitution service to cover the train ticket of the prostitute from New York to Washington.
Shortly after the article from the Sun appeared, Fox News reported Spitzer was indicted and would resign:
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been indicted and is expected to resign from office following news reports that he was linked to a high-profile prostitution ring, sources told FOX News Monday.
As I was writing this Spitzer was on television stating “I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family,”. Although there was no mention of the prostitution ring or indictment, the fact there was no denial either indicates to me that the rumors are indeed true.
This is yet another episode of “do as I say not as I do” from one of our nations politicians. As an Attorney General Elliot Spitzer not only prosecuted prostitution rings in New York, he also expressed contempt for the rings, as well as those who used the services.
Â Exit Question: If it is true that Spitzer has already been indicted, why was his name not mentioned when the charges were first presented to the grand jury?
Â Update: It looks as though reports of the indictment were unfounded and Spitzer was merely named as one of the clients in an indictment against ringleaders.