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Are Gibson Dunn bridge-scandal interviews 'fair game'? Lawmakers plan to subpoena transcripts


Two Democratic New Jersey lawmakers probing lane closings on the George Washington Bridge plan to subpoena transcripts of interviews conducted by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in its investigation.

State Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski want to see the documents, report the Associated Press, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Bergen County Record.

Wisniewksi told Bloomberg that “whatever is in the notes should be fair game.”

If Gibson Dunn claims the notes are privileged communications or attorney work product, Weinberg told Bloomberg, “then the public cannot draw any conclusions that this report was done objectively.”

Gibson Dunn partner Randy Mastro led the investigation that found Gov. Chris Christie’s claim that he played no part in the lane closings to be credible. The report said evidence gathered by the law firm did not establish the theory that the closings were political payback because Fort Lee’s mayor failed to endorse Christie for re-election. The report largely blames Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, and Port Authority official David Wildstein for the lane closings.

Mastro said in a statement that the governor’s office is fully cooperating in an investigation by the U.S. attorney “and in that regard, has not publicly released accounts of interviews conducted in connection with the Gibson Dunn investigation.” Mastro said that if lawmakers issue additional subpoenas, “the governor’s office will review and respond to them at that time.”

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