Dual Loyalties

My opinion on the people who shape our world

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Who is Bill Mateja working for?

Bill Mateja, Fish & Richardson - At critical time for Israel lobby, probe takes a more serious turn: "“AIPAC is a powerful lobbying group, it does have a certain amount of capital, but that can be used up quickly in a really damaging situation,” Noble said.

A former top Justice Department official suggested that going to a grand jury meant the investigation had become adversarial.

“You can’t automatically sound the alarm, but more often than not it means that they don’t believe” that those under investigation have been “totally cooperative,” said Bill Mateja, a former U.S. Attorney in Texas who until last month was the top federal corporate fraud official.

Less often, Mateja said, a U.S. attorney will refer a matter to a grand jury simply to wrap it up, “crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.”

Mateja said it was significant that Weissman and Rosen were not among those subpoenaed.

Levenson said targets of a probe almost never appear before a grand jury in the early stages of the investigation.