Bridgegate Defendant Demands Release of Emails and Text Messages

WNYC | February 8, 2016 | Politics
Baroni alleges Christie’s lawyers are illegally withholding key communications, including exchange between former Port Authority executive and governor’s ex-press secretary

Hillary Clinton may not be the only candidate with an email problem.

Defendants in the Bridgegate case say Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers are illegally withholding key emails and text messages pertaining to the politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. In legal papers, former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni argues that prosecutors should force Christie’s legal team at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to turn over the documents.

In over 10,000 pages of documents made public earlier by Gibson Dunn and the legislative committee investigating Bridgegate, there is just one email from the governor and no text messages. According to the legal brief, the emails in question include messages exchanged during the week of the lane closings by former Port Authority executive and
Christie appointee David Wildstein and the governor’s former press secretary, Michael Drewniak.

Federal prosecutors say in court filings that all relevant documents have been turned over to the defendants, and Gibson Dunn has argued that it has fully complied with the law in its disclosures.

Gibson Dunn, it was revealed this week by NJ Advance Media, was the single largest source of contributions for Christie’s presidential campaign in the last quarter of 2015. Christie frequently cites the firm’s “exhaustive” investigation, saying it “exonerated him.”

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