March 11th, 2008
09:47 AM ET
14 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. atimebandit

    Give it a rest. If he did anything beyond the misdemeanor, nail him, but if that is it, leave it alone. Hopefully he will give up his office and go away quietly.

    March 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Alonzo Demetrius, FL, USA

    Gov Spitzer is a big backer of Hillary Clinton. All his shenanigans were committed with the thought of gaining sympathy for his wife and in turn Hillary because she has spent many years with a man like that. Spitzer and Clinton will do anything to get her elected. This is just part of their sympathy plan to make Hillary seem the victim in all things that don't work her way.

    March 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. John Chicago

    If this was a Republican you would say this will sway the election (since he is one of Hillarys biggest backers) to the democrats and BLAH BLAH BLAH....End of the world like you did with Larry Craig, but this story will be a side note in a couple of days...CNN you are so left-leaning and liberal it is riddiculus....Pathetic

    March 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Chuck

    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.

    March 11, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. jerry_pgh

    Spitzer needs to step down now for the sake of the Party...the GOP is gonna use this in the fall so step down and get out of the news...

    March 11, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Frank

    It's unfortunate that he was discovered , he could have continued to fight corruption and champion many status -quo changing laws in the tradition of other political philanderers> Ex: John F. Keendy and Bill Clinton.

    March 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Ron

    Democrat or Republican, both parties are being caught for many varying things. Whatever happened to politicians who serve the people rather than theire own interests? Yet another wonderful example of why i don't trust either party. I'd love to see a shake down in both parties. If you're found doing illegal things, boot their butts to the curb. Both parties like to do a search on each other, fine do it and get rid of them, no mercy!

    March 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Mille, NYC

    He is gross.

    March 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Sharon

    What I'm watching right now on CNN where this man is downplaying what Spitzer has done with the reasoning that someday it will be shrugged off as it is nothing at all, a laughable crime.... guess the news, sadly he is right and that is the direction things are heading Hopefully I will no longer be on this earth when it reaches that level.

    For now, the law is the law, he broke the law, and he is in a government position to uphold the law. Of course he should step down or be taken down. They should also consider the fact that he used taxpayer money to break those laws.

    March 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. GaVoter

    Perverted democrats!!

    March 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Felton.."from around the way"

    woo Bill on that list?...always..follow the money

    March 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. think again

    If you are counting on Bill Clinton to help Hillary with the 3 AM phone calls, think again.

    Can you count on Bill staying with Hillary at 3 AM often enough to cover for her?

    Hillary's foreign experience is equivalent to Emperor's clothes.

    March 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Earl

    Another NY Democrat opening the door for Republicans in the fall.

    March 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Mike

    It is sad when people fall that seemed to have done good work. However there is the old saying that when you stare at hell, it stares right back. Sometimes you lose yourself in the world you have to deal with. It is no excuse, just an explanation.

    March 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Bill

    Unfortunately, Mr. Spitzer is like a lot of our politicians, religious leaders, sports figures, and actors/actresses.

    It's do like I say, not do as I do!

    March 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. John Karsten

    Man, this guy could have been our next VP. Hillary can pick'em can't she? Something about her and cheating a*s men, but who am I to speak, I am a man and I have cheated long ago. Honestly, I do not care what the man did,( as long as no public funds were used) just that Clinton's judgement here was not the best, was it.

    March 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does this affect how he does his job? If it doesn't, then disregard it and let his wife guilt trip (or divorce) him. If this changes his performance as governor, then he should consider stepping down. If this is his only slip-up, then he is a normal man - horny. The investigation has yet to finish or name anyone officially. If he is convicted, let him serve his time.

    March 11, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. jw, canadian,ok

    You Clinton bashers know who the Lieutenant Governor is? You might wanna take a look, I don't think you'll be wresting the statehouse away from the Democrats anytime soon.

    March 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Lynne

    Hypocrisy is often the worst crime of all. I'm a New Yorker and witnessed Governor (then attorney general) Spitzer's grandstanding, holier than thou, self-righteous attitude as he brought down prostitution rings and Wall Street folks. My heart breaks for his three young daughters and his wife. It's bad enough to be so thoroughly disappointed by a loved one, but it's so much worse when you have to deal with the hurt and humiliation publicly.

    March 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Tom Swift, NH

    I say Spitzer should resign, and ...

    ... Bill Clinton take his place as Governor. Then Bill should ask Michelle Obama to be Lt. Governor.

    But anyways, if Hillary should drop out of the race soon enough, she may have a chance to be the next NY Governor. Bet she's thinking about it...


    March 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    This is outrageous,

    He is the only guy that did this? Who are clients 1-8 and 10+?

    and THIS IS RELEASED ON A MONDAY, so there can be a full news cycles.

    Sounds like Rove is back at work.

    How many Repulicans have resigned over infidelities in just the last year,

    yeah I know none,

    I'd fight this tooth and nail and I would NOT resign.

    get out of here people

    March 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Lawlesseyes

    Why doesn't he just pull an Obama. Call it a bonehead mistake and then whine that the press is to hard on him.
    That should get him all the support he needs to keep his job.

    March 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Haley Rodman Clemson

    He turned out to be the exact opposite of what he told voters he was. His use of the prostitution ring was calculated and the risks were known to him. To call this a slip up or mistake is incorrect, he knowingly sought out a prostitute, planned the meeting, paid for a session as well as a down payment on a future session and tried to cover it up. Now, he needs to leave the office and mend his personal life.

    March 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. HH

    Dont worry Eliot im sure Bill Clinton will come to your rescue.

    March 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Party Pooper

    From GaVoter, March 11th, 2008 11:30 am ET "Perverted democrats!!"

    No, my friend. "Perverted politicians!" Perversion is not partisan!!! What about the Senate pages, Craig, Clinton, etc???

    March 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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