News Seattle Lawyer Files Complaint With FBI Over Ken Hutcherson’s Claim that He Is a U.S. “Special Envoy”
posted by March 20 at 12:00 PMon
Dave Coffman, a gay attorney in Seattle, tells me he has filed a complaint with the Seattle office of the FBI requesting that it investigate whether Pastor Ken Hutcherson violated this federal law by claiming to be a White House “Special Envoy” in Latvia when, according to the White House, Hutcherson was never given any such designation.
I just spoke with Special Agent Fred Gutt of the Seattle FBI office. He said his office doesn’t comment on complaints unless they result in criminal charges. However, he spoke with me about section 912 of the federal criminal code:
“There are various federal laws regarding false impersonations that we do investigate, 912 being one of them,” Gutt told me. “That certainly would fall under our purview… This statute, if someone decided to represent themselves as a representative of the White House, could be pertinent.”
An excerpt from Coffman’s complaint is in the jump…
Attn: Duty Officer
As per our conversation earlier this afternoon, these are a couple of the documents I have spoken about regarding Mr. Hutcherson's claim that he is representing the United States in a foreign country as a "Special Envoy" of the White House/United States, along with the spokesperson of the White House asserting no such title was given nor was any authorization for Mr. Hutcherson to assert to foreign officials or others that he represents the interests of the United States. According to press statements, the press officials with the White House deny they accredited Mr. Hutcherson with status as a Special Envoy to Latvia. Mr. Hutcherson continues to maintain publicly that he was accorded such status. I am concerned that such representations are contrary to US law under 18 USC 912 and possibly other statutes if Mr. Hutcherson was engaged in corollary activity such as providing documents showing he was such an envoy...