News Audio Clip: Hutcherson in Latvia
posted by March 20 at 15:00 PMon
Pastor Ken Hutcherson says it will probably be a few days, at least, before he gets his hands on the video that he claims will prove the White House backed his recent trip to Latvia (where he appeared with a Holocaust revisionist and called for a “full report” from the local U.S. embassy on its alleged support for gay rights).
But if, in the end, Hutcherson cannot prove that he was endorsed by the White House as a special envoy to Latvia, and if the complaint to the FBI about Hutcherson’s alleged misrepresentations abroad moves forward, then what Hutcherson said in Latvia may take on increasing significance.
Thanks to a tech-savvy Slog reader who posted in this comment thread, I was able to call Latvia and reach Ivan Boryagin, a member of the Latvian church that Hutcherson was visiting. Boryagin, who helps the church out on tech matters, told me that Hutcherson presented himself in Latvia as having “a mandate to represent the White House.”
He also sent me this digital audio clip, which he says is a recording of Hutcherson speaking in Latvia.
On the clip, a man who sounds like Hutcherson talks about having “the power and the commission” to look into certain questions in Latvia.
Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.