MARINO RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DOCUMENTS.
Williamsport Pennsylvania- Tom Marino issued the following statement in response to media questions regarding Department of Justice documents.
“I have been in communication with the Department of Justice concerning the release of documents related to my service as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The Department of Justice General Council has informed me that these documents are confidential and are the property of the Department. The Department of Justice General Council explained that even though I am a former U.S. Attorney, I am bound by security and ethics provisions of federal law associated with my past service. While I am confident that the release of certain documents would end this matter, I understand the sensitive nature of these documents and the important role that the Department of Justice has in keeping us safe. As a former U.S. Attorney, I will abide by the laws of this land and the polices of the Department of Justice, without question.”
The problem is there are no such documents supporting Marino's claim that he received permission in writting when he was a United States Attorney to give a reference to Louis DeNaples a reference when he was applying for a Casino License.
Just after that poped up in my inbox this hit the wire from the AP:
ALLENTOWN — A U.S. Justice Department source says the department has no record that former federal prosecutor Tom Marino received permission to serve as a personal reference for a businessman seeking a state casino license, as the now-Republican candidate for Congress has claimed.
PR from the DCCC:
“The fact that Tom ‘Casino’ Marino has spent the past five months lying about his past only proves how unfit he is to serve Pennsylvanians. These lies have come to define ‘Casino’ Marino’s career and it’s clear that he simply can’t be trusted in any capacity, let alone in Congress.”
And the Carney campaign pounced.
The Associated Press made clear today that Tom Marino received absolutely no permission by the Department of Justice to serve as a reference for a convicted felon. It is now clear that Tom Marino lied about having been authorized to give the reference even as the felon was under investigation by Marino's office. There was no letter showing that he had such authorization. What else is Tom Marino hiding? Tom Marino has abused the public trust at a time when ethics and character matter most."