Here comes the scandal train:
Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said.
Tobias resigned after ABC News contacted him with questions about the escort service, the sources said. ABC News released a statement last night saying Tobias acknowledged Thursday that he had used the service to provide massages, not sex.
Tobias has been Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s point man in an ambitious effort to overhaul how the U.S. government manages foreign aid, a key part of her "transformational diplomacy" agenda. Just two days ago, President Bush lauded Tobias for his work in the administration leading "America’s monumental effort to confront and deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the continent of Africa."
In an unusual statement issued at 5 p.m., State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Tobias informed Rice "today that he must step down as Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator effective immediately. He is returning to private life for personal reasons."
Contacted last night at his home in the District, Tobias, a former chief executive of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co., declined to discuss the circumstances of his resignation, saying he would "stick with the statement the State Department released today."
According to ABC News, Tobias said he contacted the escort service "to have gals come over to the condo to give me a massage" and that there had been "no sex" involved.
Well deserved resignation in my opinion. If he was using escorts then his judgement is not trustworthy. I have a real problem with this part of the story tho:
Palfrey’s attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, said yesterday that he has been contacted in the past few days by five lawyers asking whether their client’s phone numbers are on Palfrey’s list of 10,000 to 15,000 customers from 2002 to 2006. Some have also asked about whether an accommodation can be made to avoid identifying their clients, which Sibley said he is not able to promise. ABC’s "20/20" is mining that database of phone numbers, Sibley said, for a news report on the more notable of Palfrey’s customers.
"I presume ’20/20′ crews running around with cameras has led to this flurry of activity," Sibley said. "That may cause some people to worry."
With our MSM is there any doubt….ANY doubt that they are mining this list for prominent Republicans while ignoring the side they root for the most….Democrats.
Do not be surprised if we see only Republicans coming out of this list for no other reason then ABC wants that to be the result. Because you know damn well there are Dem’s on this list who are relaxing with margarita’s in their hands, they know they have nothing to worry about since ABC has their backs.
Get ready for it.