Following published complaints by a Pentagon investigator in the North County (Calif.) Times, the New York Times today reported that former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), now in prison for taking bribes in exchange for legislative favors, is "refusing" to give information or speak with him and his agents.
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I spent a good part of yesterday looking into this, and I think the picture's not as clear as the NY Times describes it.
I spoke with the Pentagon investigator, Rick Gwin, yesterday morning, and he repeated his original claim that he was unsatisfied with Cunningham's level of cooperation.
"We haven't talked to [Cunningham]," he said. "He's not talking to us."
Have you asked to speak with him? I asked Gwin.
"He has to make the overture to come forward to us," the investigator said.
So have you ever made a request to Cunningham or his lawyer to interview the prisoner?
"I think we have," he responded, "through my agents. But I have not seen a response."