FBI investigating Coleman suitgate in Minnesota
Thought suitgate was old campaign season news? The FBI is currently investigating Norm Coleman's wardrobe after allegations last year that a longtime buddy and donor was buying him suits, says the Huffington Post.
Huffington Post says they spoke to a Minnesotan, who talked anonymously, that claimed they were interviewed recently by federal agents. The main topic of questioning was the claim that Nasser Kazeminy bought suits for Coleman and the former senator failed to report the gifts on his Senate disclosure forms. That allegation became a heated campaign issue back in October.
They also discussed a separate Kazeminy connection that involves a lawsuit alleging he funneled $75,000 to Coleman's family through Laurie Coleman's workplace.
E.K. Watkins, a spokesman for the Minnesota FBI, would neither confirm nor deny the report. The source provided details of the interview to the Huffington Post, in addition to copies of business cards left by the agents.Read their full report here.
The FBI has also been conducting interviews in Texas, according to media reports, in regards to different allegations that Kazeminy tried to steer $75,000 to Coleman through his wife's employer. Up to this point, there have not been reports of any FBI work taking place in Coleman's home state.
The Minnesota source said the FBI questioning focused on whether Kazeminy had purchased clothing on Coleman's behalf, reports of which surfaced in October. At the time, Coleman vehemently denied the allegations. "Nobody but me and my wife buy my suits," he said.
The Pioneer Press did their own report on the allegations today, backing up with HuffPo anonymous source with their own article.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the "main topic" of the two agents' questions surrounded an allegation that Bloomington financier Nasser Kazeminy paid for suits and other items Coleman and his wife shopped for at Neiman-Marcus in Minneapolis.We're starting to wonder if the reports earlier this week about Coleman's request to use campaign funds for civil suits was writing on the wall. Check out the filing here. As these reports come out, it appears more likely that Coleman could become involved in some more serious legal issues and will be increasingly questioned by the media on the allegations.
When asked whether Coleman himself had been contacted by the FBI, Coleman's spokesman Tom Erickson did not answer Wednesday evening. Instead, he said: "The senator called for an investigation by the appropriate authorities and has promised to cooperate fully with them. To that end, any further comment is not necessary."
Don't crash and burn as you exit.