Kilpatrick claims she’s not a target of federal investigation

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Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Hat Tip: Deb Price and paul egan / The Detroit News

Washington — Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Detroit, said Thursday she and a top aide are not targets of a grand jury and will “cooperate fully” after receiving subpoenas.

In addition to Kilpatrick, her aide Andrea Bragg received subpoenas to testify before a grand jury in the Eastern District of Michigan. The congresswoman’s son is former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, whose actions as mayor are being investigated by federal prosecutors.

Kilpatrick said she’ll have no further comment.

Though grand jury matters are secret, legal observers said Thursday it is likely the subpoenas relate to an ongoing federal investigation of the congresswoman’s son, and possibly her ex-husband, business consultant Bernard N. Kilpatrick.

There is no legal privilege that makes communications between a mother and son confidential, and the spousal privilege would only apply up to the time Bernard Kilpatrick and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick were not divorced, said Detroit attorney David Griem, a former federal and state prosecutor.

Griem speculated the subpoenas may be related to recent cash fundraising involving tens of thousands of dollars to cover the former mayor’s restitution payments that Cheeks Kilpatrick was involved in, according to media reports.

“I’m not sure of the propriety of a U.S. congresswoman spearheading such an effort on behalf of a family member, especially when the money is given in cash,” Griem said Thursday.

Most of Kilpatrick’s recent restitution payments from his state obstruction of justice conviction came in the form of money orders, many purchased by family members. Griem said he wouldn’t be surprised if everyone who purchased those money orders was subpoenaed before the grand jury.

8 thoughts on “Kilpatrick claims she’s not a target of federal investigation

  1. this is just COLD
    C-O-L-D

    ‘On Her Own’ For Legal Fees, Monica Conyers Declared Indigent
    Justin Elliott | March 16, 2010, 5:33PM

    With former Detroit City Council president Monica Conyers appealing the three-year sentence she received last week after pleading guilty to bribery charges, a federal judge today appointed a public defender to represent Conyers, whom he declared indigent.

    A statement from a court spokesman suggests that Monica Conyers’ husband, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), is not willing to pitch in for legal fees.

    “The information available to the judge established an inability to pay for an attorney by Mrs. Conyers. This information included a detailed description of her financial resources in the presentence investigation report. And that Mrs. Conyers was on her own, so to speak, as to such resources,” the spokesman said, according to the Detroit News.

    As we’ve previously noted, John and Monica Conyers reportedly lead largely separate lives.

    The local Detroit media reported last week that John Conyers did not attend his wife’s sentencing, even though he was in his office in the same building as the court.

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/on_her_own_for_legal_fees_monica_conyers_delcared.php?ref=mblt

    • Burroughston Broch

      Bedfellows make strange politicians. As much as Detroit and Michigan have been kicked around lately, they don’t deserve either of this pair. Do you think they will have more sense the next time they vote?

    • rikyrah,

      Good. Serves her right for tarnishing the legacy of a good and decent man. Now he really needs to man up and file for divorce. Before today I was fixing to call for a primary challenger to Conyers because of this galactic embarrassment to the people of Detroit.

      • I disagree. He knew what type of woman she was when he married her so if she is going down then he needs to go down as well. This clowns in Detroit are an embarrassment to any legitimate black politico who’s in office. These clowns are the MAIN REASON why black politicians can hardly if ever when an at-large office outside of a majority black district.

      • Burroughston Broch

        Skep and kayman, it seems to me that the clowns in Detroit are the folks that continue vote for both Conyers. How do you propose to change the situation? Maybe a house cleaning come November?

  2. Kilpatrick is DONE regardless and if the GOP takes back the House and Senate in November (80 percent of that happening), they’ll sick the Justice Dept. or FBI after her and send her away to jail.

    Also, the GOP will take back the Michigan governorship for good in November and keep it for a LONG time because it will be decades before the Dems get the governor’s mansion back in Lansing again.

    I have a feeling term limits up there will be loosened (see Jerry Brown’s 3rd term bid in CA).

    Rumor is that former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (R) could challenge incumbent Governor Martin O’Malley (D) in a 2010 rematch this year.

  3. “Kilpatrick is DONE regardless and if the GOP takes back the House and Senate in November (80 percent of that happening), they’ll sick the Justice Dept. or FBI after her and send her away to jail. Also, the GOP will take back the Michigan governorship for good in November and keep it for a LONG time because it will be decades before the Dems get the governor’s mansion back in Lansing again.”

    I’ll give about a 20 percent chance of ANY of those three happening. Despite the Democrats best efforts, the Republicans aren’t any more popular today than they were one year ago. They have no new ideas and their only agenda is the same it’s always been; cut taxes for the top 1 percent and privatize popular social programs. Good luck with that.

  4. Ernesto, there’s a possibility that Barbara Boxer could finally lose this time in California’s Senate race.

    If she goes down in November, the Senate is GONE for the Democrats.

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