Norm Coleman's extortion claim
As Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) faces a recount in his reelection bid, he also faces legal questions. Two lawsuits allege that long-time donor and friend Nasser Kazeminy intended to send $100,000 to Norm. Kazeminy's company ended up getting $75,000 to Norm through his wife. The lawsuits allege that Deep Marine Technologies (DMT) paid Hays Company (Laurie Coleman's employer) 3 $25,000 payments and that neither Hays nor Mrs. Coleman provided any services for the money.
Yesterday, a watchdog group, Alliance for a Better Minnesota asked the FBI and the Senate to investigate. Norm answered back with an interesting press release:
The Norm-speakTM is thick in this statement. First off, Norm welcomes an investigation. So did Ted Stevens and most Republicans who've been convicted. This is merely posturing. He certainly won't appreciate being investigated when they find the invoices and canceled checks. He'll be righteously indignant if/when they find 3 $25,000 deposits into Norm's accounts soon after Hays received payments from DMT. He'll be going to prison if people's testimony reveal the details of what Kazeminy intended to do.
Furthermore, there's this bizarre accusation of extortion.
Not surprisingly "the fact" is not backed up with any proof. I'm sure everyone is surprised.
Extortion, as much as I know about it, usually involves a scenario in which someone has incriminating photos, for example, and wants money or else he'll show them to the guy's wife. So who exactly is extorting what from whom according to Norm? Let's try and follow his tortured logic.
Private parties = Democrats and allied groups
Incriminating detail = Mr. K using DMT to funnel $ thru Hays Co. to Norm
Extortion demand = ???
I guess this is extortion to the same extent Norm is a Republican Champion of Oversight. Or in the immortal and inimitable words of Inigo Montoya: