Sorry for the delay. For some reason, I could not get on my website.
I kind of wish everyone involved with this would just shut up. At an Easter Sunday gathering I attended, a few folks in the know were there. No one thinks the cases will be resolved before the November election. The least folks talk about it, the better. Here is from a recent Channel 13 news story:
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — The Harris County District Attorney’s Office responded Monday to an attack last week by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who characterized an indictment against three of her staffers as weaponizing the system with a “flimsy” case.
A grand jury last week indicted two current and one former Hidalgo staffers, whom investigators say steered a nearly $11 million COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract to a small Houston-based firm and shared proposal documents with the company before they were made public.
“At best, this is going forward with a fundamental misunderstanding of the facts and, at worst, it is the weaponization of the criminal justice system for political purposes so I’m not going to play into that,” Hidalgo told ABC13’s Steve Campion last Wednesday in her first on-camera interview since the indictments. “My staffers are hardworking people.”
Following Hidalgo’s comments, the Harris County DA’s office is now defending the grand jury, which is made up of 12 community residents.
“Grand jurors give up countless hours of personal and professional time to serve and their service should never be disparaged or dismissed,” Dane Schiller, a spokesperson for the Harris County DA’s Office, said in a statement. “We want to thank the grand jurors in these public corruption cases for their hard work over a five-month period in which they reviewed voluminous documents and heard from numerous witnesses. Our work continues.”
Hidalgo’s campaign spokesperson, Toni Harrison responded Monday afternoon, saying, “No one is disparaging the grand jury – that’s a red herring to deflect attention from recent media reports raising important questions about this investigation. The fact is, we’ll never know what the District Attorney’s Office presented to the grand jurors because the process is secret. As we’ve said since the search warrant affidavits were made public, this investigation appears to have proceeded on a fundamental misunderstanding of the facts. We’re confident now that the legal process has moved into public view, the truth will come out and the staffers who have been wrongly accused will be cleared.”
Sigh. The Harris County GOP is loving this.
The first homestand of 2022 got off to a great start. MLB is back and fans are high on the Astros. Let’s see if we can make it to our sixth straight ALCS.