It started in 2007, when McCoy was a rising Democrat in state politics, and the state's first openly gay lawmaker.…
It started in 2007, when McCoy was a rising Democrat in state politics, and the state’s first openly gay lawmaker. Whitaker was the US Attorney for Iowa’s Southern District at the time.
A grand jury accused McCoy of using his elected office to try to extort $ 2,000 from a Des Moines home security company where McCoy was a consultant. The charges came after an elaborate undercover investigation in which the FBI had McCoy’s business partner wearing a recording device. McCoy demanded money he says he was owed for his consulting work.
In an interview with CNN this week, McCoy said Whitaker “certainly tried to prove that I had done something really awful when, in fact, it was a garden variety business Disputes that should have been handled in small claims court, if anywhere. “
The trial lasted more than a week, with prosecutors trying to prove the business partner never agreed to pay McCoy for his consulting and the defense torpedoing the partner’s testimony because He could not recall many details and admitted he had trouble with sobriety, according to Des Moines Register articles on the trial.
In the end, the jury reached a not guilty verdict in an hour and a half, including time for lunch , according to the Des Moines Register.
“I believe it was a political prosecution, there’s no doubt in mind, I’m 1
00% sure that it was,” McCoy said, adding he believes he was targeted not just because he’s a democrat, but also bec ause he’s gay. “As the US Attorney (Whitaker) spoke at Christian Coalition events and would often refer to bringing God into his decision-making process and being guided by God’s hand,” McCoy said, “and so I believe that he was very much resentful of my lifestyle and I believe that played a factor in it. ”
Whitaker has been facing questions from reporters about whether the case was politically motivated since the day the indictment was announced in 2007. An editorial in the Des Moines Register soon after McCoy was acquitted McCoy fortalte McCoy for hans juridiske fees og spurte, “Var McCoy retsforfølgelse et produkt av dårlig dom, inexperience, misplaced zeal or partisan politicking? Perhaps all of the above.”
A Justice Department official sent a statement two CNN defending the case. “As a US Attorney, then-US Attorney Whitaker had a responsibility to uphold the rule of law and pursue credible allegations of illegal activity. The Department of Justice signed off on bringing the case, the FBI conducted an independent investigation, and career prosecutors handled Whitney ran conservative group funded by dark money ” data-src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181109111414-01-matthew-whitaker-lead-image-small-169.jpg” data-src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181109111414-01-matthew-whitaker-lead-image-medium-plus-169.jpg” data-src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181109111414-01-matthew-whitaker-lead-image-large-169.jpg” data-src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181109111414-01-matthew-whitaker-lead-image-exlarge-169.jpg” data-src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181109111414-01-matthew-whitaker-lead-image-super-169.jpg” data-src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181109111414-01-matthew-whitaker-lead-image-full-169.jpg” data-src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/181109111414-01-matthew-whitaker-lead-image-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP///////wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI+py+0Po5yUFQA7″/>