Fired Christie Aide Refuses Subpoena, Pleads Fifth
Bridget Kelly is also invoking the 4th Amendment
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2014 6:34 AM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2014 7:40 AM CST
In this Sept. 12, 2013 photo, then-Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, right, stands with Chris Christie, left, during a tour of the Seaside Heights, NJ, boardwalk after a fire.   (AP Photo/Office of Gov. Chris Christie, Tim Larsen)

(Newser) – A former Chris Christie aide at the center of the Fort Lee traffic scandal has refused to surrender subpoenaed documents; Bridget Anne Kelly is invoking the Fifth Amendment, protecting her from self-incrimination. Kelly, who penned the infamous email calling for "traffic problems in Fort Lee," is also pointing to the Fourth Amendment's privacy protections. Allowing an investigative panel to view her private documents could "potentially reveal highly personal confidential communications" not connected to the scandal, says a letter from her lawyer. The letter also notes that the subpoena "directly overlaps with a parallel federal grand jury investigation," the New York Times reports.

The heads of the panel are "considering our legal options with respect to enforcing the subpoena," they say in a statement. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Chris Christie's own office, the Record reports. In a radio interview last night, Christie discussed the scandal with New Jersey 101.5. "I didn’t plan it. I didn’t authorize it. I didn’t approve it. I knew nothing about it," he said, per the Record. He said his office was providing subpoenaed documents and he was working to "fix" what had gone wrong. "All this other stuff is just a game of gotcha—when did I first learn about this or that," he said. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, for his part, tells CNN he takes Christie "at his word, but it would appear from the polls that a lot of folks don't."

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JERZJOE
Feb 5, 2014 5:52 AM CST
all I know all this will be over soon!! the rep take control in Nov 2014,repeal obamacare, give us less taxes, fix the debt etc.. !! then in nov 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! period!!
Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 4, 2014 3:49 PM CST
Democrats created this to pull attention away from Ray Nagin's Katirna trials which continue this week. If you don't remember Ray Nagin IS on trial finally for the numerous felonies he committed while circumventing FEMA assistance and National Guard aid during and after Katrina. Democrats want the US to forget how much the Democratic party officials screwed up Katrina and to blame Brown and Bush. But people like me who were deeply involved in the situation know all the tricks, stunts, sabotage, and otherwise heinous acts against innocent NOLA citizens. You should know that when I attend any event with FEMA, we often get into sidebar discussions about what Blanco and Nagin did. We put it in the, "NEVER EVER AGAIN LET THESE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ASSHOLES F-UP YOUR DISASTER RESPONSE AGAIN, PERIOD." Well, thankfully for congress, nobody will f-up someone's disaster relief efforts again. If you remember with Gustav, Ray Nagin was totally whipped. I'm sure Democratic Party officials had suggested ways for him to f-up things but you also when the cameras panned three to four US Marshals standing near him. They were to arrest him on the spot if he did what he did in Katrina again. So now, Nagin is on trial and the media should bubble that to the top. To be fair, if Christie is tried for what he did, I'll support mass publicizing of his trial for Sandy. But the trial is now for Nagin and lets tune our cameras to that.
odowd80
Feb 4, 2014 3:38 PM CST
1 count of obstruction of justice and 1 count of contempt, care for more?