Well, it was a HACK JOB says Rep. Buck McKeon’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bob Haueter.
When in doubt, blame faceless hackers.
That’s what Bob Haueter, deputy chief of staff for Rep. Buck McKeon, apparently did last week when asked how a compromising strategy memo made it past the California Republican’s senior staff.
Last Thursday, Haueter was attending a meeting of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County and was asked about how an internal memo that laid out the office’s strategy for addressing the California Republican’s involvement in the latest Countrywide mortgage scandal got out.
“[Haueter] is telling people the Congressional email was hacked and that is how the memo leaked,” an HOH tipster tells us. “This explanation sounds a bit [ex-Rep.] Anthony Wiener-ish to me … .”
Weiner, a Democrat from New York, was caught up in a scandal last year when he claimed that his Twitter account was hacked and pictures of him were sent out. It was not, and he ultimately resigned.
“As we mentioned to you before when you first contacted our office about this issue, the memo you published was an internal staff memo that was never shared nor discussed with the Congressman, and therefore we won’t be commenting any further on this matter,” McKeon spokeswoman Alissa McCurley said when asked for comment about the hacking allegation.
McKeon is one of four Members referred to the House Ethics Committee to discern whether Countrywide provided preferential treatment to influential lawmakers through an exclusive loan program.
Just to refresh your memory here is the memo again (embedded below):
So, now Rep. Buck McKeon is saying that his staff wrote the memo, but he didn’t know anything about it – since he never saw it. And, that somebody hacked into his office’s computer and stole a memo that had NO value, since the congressman didn’t see it.
Ok, remember Congressman, it is always the cover-up.
Now, inquiring minds want to know, has the Congressman’s office filed a police report for the theft?