This was after Selena left SI after they bowed to Armstrong, and NIKE, pressure.benzwire said:
Thanks for the link. The scope and extent to which Armstrong would peddle his rotten influence is staggering and bewildering. To think that a cyclist can wield that much power? Insane.Race Radio said:
Mr. Birotte told them he was shutting down the investigation, that it was his decision and there would be “no discussion about it.” He did not give any reasons for his decision,
The United States Attorneys’ Manual, issued by the Department of Justice, says U.S. Attorneys should make sure the reasons for dropping any investigation are “communicated to the investigating agency involved and to any other interested agency, and are reflected in the office files.”
it would be unusual not to communicate those reasons to the agencies investigating the case,”
“This is still an ongoing matter for the FDA,”
I imagine that the behind scenes are still ongoing.Race Radio said:
Would be interesting to hear what powerful figure - most likely a high-ranking government official - told him to kill the investigation.Microchip said:At some point in time, Birotte needs to explain this publicly.
No surprise there. He is the same corrupt pol whose parting shot at the presidency was to pardon Marc Rich, a fraudster who had been on the lam for years, because Rich's wife raised money for Clinton's campaign.Race Radio said:Bill Clinton was one of many
the effort shows how far the disgraced former cyclist and his advisers went to try to frustrate efforts to probe Mr. Armstrong's past.
A lawyer for Lance Armstrong hired a lobbying firm in 2010 in an attempt to influence a federal criminal probe
'his firm was hired in July 2010 on Mr. Armstrong's behalf for a lobbying effort aimed, in part, at raising concerns about Jeff Novitzky, a Food and Drug Administration special agent who was leading the investigation into Mr. Armstrong
Mr. Caperton said the firm worked for Mr. Armstrong for about three months, but, after arranging meetings on Capitol Hill, decided a full-scale lobbying effort wouldn't have worked. "There was no congressional path forward,"
"No congressman in his or her right mind would try to interfere with a criminal investigation."
Documents filed by the Barnes Group under lobbying-disclosure laws show that the firm was hired to "monitor and liase [sic] with regard to the Federal Government's involvment [sic] into allegations of improper use of steroids and other substances by professional athletes."
Tim Herman, Mr. Armstrong's longtime counsel, made two payments in 2010 of $25,000 each through his Texas law firm to Barnes,
The Barnes effort began about three months after Mr. Novitzky and prosecutors in the Los Angeles U.S. attorney's office began looking into whether Mr. Armstrong's team engaged in systematic doping
in 2012, as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigated Mr. Armstrong, a lobbyist hired by his cancer charity visited Rep. Jose Serrano (D., N.Y.), according to the congressman, who said through a spokesman the lobbyist criticized USADA and questioned the fairness of its process.