March 14th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Mukasey acknowledges Spitzer investigation

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In his first public words about the Justice Department investigation involving New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday that he had become aware of the case only recently, and stressed that he played no role in decisions to pursue the prostitution ring that ensnared Spitzer.

"I learned a couple of weeks ago," Mukasey said. "... I did learn of it, but it was informational, not a matter of authority."

The attorney general stressed the U.S. attorney offices report directly to the deputy attorney general, not to him.

Aides to Mukasey said earlier this week U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia in New York, where the investigation is centered, did not seek authorization from the deputy attorney general - nor in this case did he have to do so.

As the investigation culminated, Acting Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford was leaving the post, and newly confirmed Deputy Mark Filip was arriving at the Justice Department.

Mukasey emphasized that no charges have yet been brought against Spitzer.

"We have no case against Eliott Spitzer. We have a case in which people have been charged, in which it has been alleged that he was customer - number 9 is, I think, the designation. That's all we have. I underline: no case against Eliot Spitzer."

A senior Justice Department official promptly stressed that Mukasey was simply referring to the fact that no charges against Spitzer have been brought by his New York prosecutors, and his comments should not be taken to suggest that charges will or will not be brought against Spitzer.

Mukasey made his comments in response to a question from CNN's Paula Newton as he spoke to reporters at the London School of Economics, where he met with British officials to discuss international crime and counter-terrorism issues.

Related video: Watch Mukasey on Spitzer

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Mukasey is the same as Alberto Gonzales, only more subtle.

    March 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    Good, Let us continue the process of cleaning house! The American
    Public are tired of liars and cheats. Clean House American. Vote
    for who really cares and when Elections of the Future come up, let
    us study the Candidates past, then we can give them a litmus test
    to see if we "the people" know all about them and still like them!!!!!!
    Politicians get paid a lot of money from taxpayers and we are in such
    debt to other Countries that we better stop stealing.

    Obama 2008 NOT LIAR CLINTON

    March 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Dave C - N.J.

    Is it not incriminating that Spitzer himself resigned and admitted it?

    Hey, I think prostitution should be legal, along with marijuana and gambling, etc. After all the Republicans want government out of our lives and get upset if anyone wants to take their guns away, so lets have it both ways. Guns are ok but not hookers or pot, right? lol

    Anyway, the law is the law and I think they have a pretty tight case if they wanted to pursue it.

    March 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Alice

    Oh yeah. Isn't this were every simple minded left wing loon comes out to defend Spitzer because "'s just sex"? Come on, don't you people have more up stairs than that?

    March 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. D R

    Bet you pull this one too. Because CNN is Bias!

    Shame on you CNN. Your coverage of this democratic race has become a joke. You are running these nonsense clips of Rev. Write talking to his church and making it look like Obama agrees with it. When if fact Obama has pleaded with the people NOT to make a race/gender election out of this! You continue to play negative dirty politics with precision. You can cut and paste until you make these stories have a life of their own! Ever since Hillary complained to the press and media about her being directtly singled out , there has been a ton of negative campaigning against Obama. I'm starting to see that CNN cannot play anything positive about both of these candidates at the same time! I believe your ratings are getting in the way of fair coverage. You play the Spitzer garbage 24/7 to the entire nation, forgetting that 2/3 of the country doesn't care about that criminal. We all don't live in NY. We want to hear what the candidates are saying so we can vote. We do not care what Ferraro, White, or their last shoe salesman said. Please let us hear positive news about our country! There is way too much negative stuff for this nation to dwell on!

    March 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. joseph

    Is there a Cl

    March 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |