Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) has had a rough few weeks. First, a lawsuit from an employee came to light revealing that her husband’s business is being sued for sexual harassment. Then, whistleblower audio revealed that it appears her husband was cutting deals in the U.S. Senate dining room involving selling tax credits for stimulus funds.
Now she has a messy coverup on her hands. It appears, according to the Daily Caller, that the New York Times not only has been covering the whistleblower story up by neglecting to publish the story, which they’ve had for months, but the paper also has been found to have provided information to McCaskill about the whistleblower’s criminal background. The Daily Caller reports:
A spokeswoman for Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign told The Daily Caller that the senator and her husband first learned the criminal background of the man speaking out McCaskill’s husband’s business dealings from The New York Times.
McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki told TheDC on Friday that she thinks McCaskill and her husband Joseph Shepard discovered Craig Woods’ criminal background “[w]hen the New York Times told me in June that he’s a felon.”
…If Legacki’s statement is accurate, that would mean the New York Times had some information about McCaskill’s husband’s allegedly nefarious business dealings – specifically relating to Woods’ allegations – in June, and for some reason decided not to run it. It would also mean the Times provided the McCaskill campaign with the key information it’s using to attack the allegations: Woods’ criminal record.
A New York Times spokesman refused to provide information on the allegations, saying only “We don’t comment on lines of reporting that we might or might not have pursued.”
But does the New York Times comment on allegations of providing names of whistleblowers to democratic Senate candidates?
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