March 11th, 2008
09:47 AM ET
15 years ago

Sources: Money transfers spurred Spitzer probe

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" As New York attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, seen in 2004, was known for tackling corruption."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The allegations bearing down on New York's governor didn't start with a prostitute - despite lurid details in a federal affidavit detailing an alleged tryst with a "very pretty brunette" named Kristen last month.

Rather, sources familiar with the investigation said Tuesday that Gov. Eliot Spitzer's troubles began with a federal money-laundering probe.

Prosecutors unsealed an affidavit that details a rendezvous in a Washington hotel room between a prostitute and "Client 9," who a source with knowledge of the case said Monday was Spitzer.

Related: New York Congressman Peter King urges Spitzer to take responsibility for his actions

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Doesn't Hillary come from the great state of NewYork? I wonder if Bill used the the same agency for his service. He may be known as client 10. Hummmm

    March 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Nathan, New York

    I am reading that some people don't care about the Spitzer allegations. That is sad. Don't people care if our leaders have any morals? Our country is spiraling downward from the liberal mindset that we should "live and let live" and that what people do in private in no way affects what they do and the decisions they make in public.

    Actually, Chuck, I think our country is spiraling downward from the Republican mindset that it is OK to torture people, rewrite the Constitution, lying our way into pre-emptive strikes against other countries, continually give tax cuts to the rich, ignore our environmental responsibilities and deny healthcare for children.

    March 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. bridgett, lansing

    I think that a man who has locked people up and ruined lives and families for this she be made an example of. He has put people in jail for this and now he is involved. How low has our expectations for public figures gone if people think this is no big deal. Then why bust hookers and arrest them for earning a living if this is no big deal.

    I am so sick and tired of seeing these women standing there looking sad and humilated like they are afraid to show emotions. I think that is the one time in public life where you can show how you really feel and be emotional.

    This guy is a joke. You have people serving serious time in jail because of foolishness like this and some of them he put there.

    March 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Although I think he's an idiot for doing it, if his family can forgive him, then the people of New York should be able to as well. He has more to worry about just surviving this as a person more than a politician.

    March 11, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. David-Paul Niner

    Being able to head a public crusade against prostitution while hiring one on the side is an indication of a very disturbed mind. It's far worse than succumbing to the temptation of a bribe or exchanging favors; it almost smacks of sociopathy (no, I'm not a Dr.)

    I wish this man the best of luck in his private life but feel he should be forever banned from public office.

    March 11, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. TheLeftNut

    Out you go!

    Let's find out who client 1-8 are now.

    Thanks god we have Republicans to keep this country moraes in tact ...cough, cough, gag

    March 11, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    A fellow New York Party insider and Governor of New York scandal linked to the Clintons, how typical. I hope this serves as a reminder to voters in future contests of the years of scandals the Clintons brought to the White House and why America does not need this in the future.

    Obama in 08!

    March 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    This elected leader has sealed his own fate.
    Even if he doesn't have the common sense to do the right thing and resign from office, his "mantle" of corruption buster and "do-gooder" is done gone.

    March 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Judd Bennett

    The source that reveiled info on client 9 should also release the same info on clients 1-8 and 10 and above. All of these persons are persons of wealth and position to be able to lay out that much cash.

    March 11, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Phil

    Are you Spitzer apologists also Larry Craig apologists?

    I didn't think so.

    March 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. OBAMA 08


    March 11, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Matt Kachaluba

    He'll resign because Democrats do the right thing. Why hasn't David Vitter?

    March 11, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Cary Lacayo

    The last time I saw a sting operation on TV, where the police used a female police officer to catch men seeking hookers.....The guy went to jail for it...Whats different here?????????

    He is the Gov. of a state and known for his take overs in crime fighting. When are the political people going to learn this part of there job to the tax paying americans....

    He should be fired...

    March 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. dem08

    I find it very suspicious that this incident came out now. I think it has something to do with the Obama camp. The lieutenant governor of New York is Jackson, and he is black. If he is supporting Obama, then they are playing the Karl Rove dirty politics. They figure lets have Hillary look bad, go after Spitzer, then he will have to resign, Jackson become Governor and Obama will benefit from New York rather then Hillary. WOW! If this is true he is no better then the rest of dirty politicians in Washington. And Obama is running on being a new different kind of politician, will see about that. That's right blame the Obama camp, since they seen to blame everything on Hillary.
    Again, very suspicious........................

    March 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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