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SC-Gov: Nikki Haley May Be In Legal Trouble

by: BostonPatriot

Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 14:31:36 PM EDT


Fits News, a local conservative blog, has a potentially ground-shaking report:

The South Carolina State House is swirling with rumors of a possible "imminent" indictment of Gov. Nikki Haley.

In fact one left-leaning blog, Palmetto Public Record (PPR), is reporting that Haley could be indicted by the end of the week on tax charges related to the Sikh Temple Scandal.

"Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. Department of Justice to issue an indictment against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on charges of tax fraud as early as this week," the website reported. "A highly ranked federal official has also privately confirmed rumblings of an investigation and possible indictment of the governor, though the official was not aware of the specific timeframe (sic)."

Obviously this report is in the very early stages, and we're likely to hear a rebuttal from Gov. Haley or her camp at some point later today. The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina is Glenn McConnell, who ascended to that position earlier this month after Ken Ard was indicted for a scandal of his own.

UPDATE: The conventional media is acting with great trepidation here and appears hesitant to trust the Palmetto Press Record's "high ranking official." Local news outlets have picked up the story and are treating it as a rumor, while national outlets have stayed away from it. So far this looks like more smoke than fire, but it's certainly worth keeping an eye on.

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Tim Scott for Governor!
(if this is all true and the LtGov doesn't run for a full term)

McConnell
Answering from the other thread- yes McConnell is very much a mainline establishment Republican who is a creature of the legislature. He is a conservative, but much more of a get along old school dealmaking legislator, not like the new breed of SC Republican, ie DeMint, Freshman Congressman, Sanford/Haley.

SC1-Charleston

I think McConnell could step in nicely
And provide stability. He is an old fashioned Southern gentleman type public servant with no hint of scandel. Some conservatives wont like him on fiscal issues though.

SC1-Charleston

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Not going to write it off...
But I will take anything from FITS News with a truckload of salt. This is the same dude who claimed that he had an affair with Gov. Haley.

Which is most likely true
FITS was right about Ken Ard, and he's very much plugged in. On this story, wait and see.

SC1-Charleston

[ Parent ]
What is it aboit South Carolina Republicans lateky?
Appalachian trail, not showing up to work for 2 months, resigning, indicted. Yeesh.

I am a Tom Rukavina Democrat.

I wonder myself sometimes
An embarrassment of riches maybe. I think our Republican congressional delegation is the positive side of the equation. Even with the statewide R problems, the state is mostly structurally one party, with Democrats in no shape to capitalize.

SC1-Charleston

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The Daily Beast just pulled the story
http://www.politico.com/blogs/...

23, Libertarian Republican CA-14

Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"


Apparently
the story was be either untrue or not quite verified yet.  

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Not surprising
She was just in Harrisburg speaking as a Romney surrogate.  Her visit to Harrisburg made her chances of being arrested for corruption substantially higher.

28, Republican, PA-6

What is
the actual allegation here? I'm a little confused.

Member, Small Government Caucus

21, Pro-life Libertarian-leaning R, NC-1



[ Parent ]
I'm highly skeptical.
If SpartanR is correct, then "This is the same dude who claimed that he had an affair with Gov. Haley." And there was just as much evidence that Haley had an affair as there is that Mitt Romney is currently cheating on his wife.

From what I've seen, there have been a lot of people inside the Republican Party who have repeatedly been trying to destroy Nikki Haley. Notice how the news report screams SIKH TEMPLE SCANDAL, which is not subtly implying that Haley isn't a Christian. Which of course she is.

Maybe in a month I'll be eating my words. But color me skeptical for now.

http://mypolitikal.com/


Some truth to that/ some not
The marital infidelity is thought to be true by most people in the know, I'll just leave it at that. As for the rest- open question.

SC1-Charleston

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One quick point
Fits didn't break this story: it was the Palmetto Public Record, a liberal in-state blog. I linked to Fits because they did a better job of explaining the story's background than PPR did.

But yes, the Haley affair story does significantly weaken Fits' credibility.


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Right- good clarification
Also Will Folks (Fits) wasn't a blogger who claimed an affair with Haley, he was a former Press Secretary to Gov. Sanford, later a Republican campaign consultant who did work for Haley in her campaigns/political office. The affair allegation came out while she was running for Gov. and he was running Fits. Also, Larry Marchant, a top Columbia lobbyist and consultant also came out with an affair allegation right after Folks. As well as there are at least a couple of others who are said to have been involved with her while she was married but who haven't come out publicly.  

SC1-Charleston

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If those affair allegations have any staying power . . .
she's a definite no-go for national politics.  The media would DESTROY her.  And the Dems would probably start calling her a "slut".  

Plus, I believe the public would view an allegedly philandering wife far worse than an allegedly philandering husband.  


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He said/she said
You know how those things go, they arn't proven until they are proven. There was alot of evidence in the affair with Folks, calls at all times in the middle of the night, texts, witnesses who saw them in public/ his car at her house (her husband was overseas in the National Guard), but of course she denied. The other guy Marchant was a well established lobbyist who passed a polygraph that he was truthful. He went to a leadership conference in Salt Lake City with Haley and says they had a one night stand.  

SC1-Charleston

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Fair or unfair . . .
that's probably enough to doom her in any kind of national campaign.  

And, I hate to say it, but where there is smoke, there is usually fire.  


[ Parent ]
2 legal experts confirm Haley investigation
More smoke

"Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. Department of Justice to issue an indictment against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on charges of tax fraud as early as this week.

A highly ranked federal official has also privately confirmed rumblings of an investigation and possible indictment of the governor, though the official was not aware of the specific timeframe."

http://palmettopublicrecord.or...


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That's the original story
Palmetto Public Record is the source of all this.

[ Parent ]
Yep, this talks about PPR- in evening roundup
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