Dem researcher to face charges in Steele case

Via the Washington Post:

Federal prosecutors have decided to bring charges against a Democratic researcher accused of fraudulently obtaining a credit report on Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Lauren B. Weiner, who has since resigned from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington, will be charged with obtaining the report without authorization, according to a letter sent to Steele by the U.S. attorney’s office in the District.

A copy of the March 8 letter, which notified Steele that he is considered a victim in the case, was obtained by The Washington Post yesterday.

The episode, which happened last July, came as both parties started digging into the backgrounds of opposing candidates for one of Maryland’s marquee races this year, the contest to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D). Opposition research is typical in contested statewide races, but it is illegal under federal law to obtain a credit report under false pretenses.

Whitney C. Ellerman, an attorney for Weiner, said his client plans to plead guilty to a misdemeanor under an agreement with prosecutors that could result in the charge being dismissed in a year.

My question is: Why didn’t the the WaPo note that this was a staffer for Senator Chuck Schumer? In fact, if you check Google News, you’ll note that – using the search terms “Schumer” and “Steele” you get a whopping six articles. Five of them are from blogs and/or partisan websites and one of them was written over a month ago (an op/ed) piece.

That’s our liberal MSM, omitting details they don’t think you should know. Why in this instance? Oh, just take a wild guess.

Oh – and where’s Chuck Schumer’s comment on all this? The GOP would have been required to respond the very second the news broke. Maybe the MSM is generously giving Sen. Schumer the time to prepare a response :-?

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