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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Seattle Lawyer Files Complaint With FBI Over Ken Hutcherson’s Claim that He Is a U.S. “Special Envoy”

posted by on March 20 at 12:00 PM

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...


Dave Coffman

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go Dave - but it will be to no avail - maybe some bad media for the Rev.

one line from anyone at the White House, where black R pastor's have entre, saying it was a misunderstanding and your quest is dead

of course you do increase his media as well, and maybe make him a bit of a martyr to the christo bigots.....nationally......and he is black.......

nice slog stuff

Posted by eric | March 20, 2007 12:18 PM

Go Dave! I'm rooting for you! There are two possible outcomes- proving more White House hypocrisy, or sending Hutch to prison. Can't say I see a downside!

Posted by Griff the Lock | March 20, 2007 12:52 PM

This is great. If nothing else, it could bring to the forefront the company Hutch was with on his trip... namely the crazy who thinks homosexuality was the root of national socialism / the haulocaust. The Bush administration may be full of right wing biggots, but no one wants to be associated with that extreme of rediculous crap.

Posted by steve | March 20, 2007 1:01 PM

I just finished reading David Kuo's book about working in the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. After having read that, the possibility that someone in the Faith-Based Office made empty promises to Hutcherson that led him to believe that he was a special envoy is pretty high. According to Kuo, people like Hutcherson are seen the Bush Administration as "the nuts", people who are totally crazy, but useful for delivering votes.

They did this extensively in 2002, especially among African-American Christian groups. They went around promising money to all of these groups through the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, but never delivered. So in 2002, there were a whole bunch of African American religious leaders who thought they were getting grants, but if the White House was asked, they'd say "nope, no money has been given out". There's a misperception that the White House doesn't know how much of a fool Hutcherson is. They just use it to their political advantage.

Posted by thehim | March 20, 2007 1:02 PM

Way to go, Coffman.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 20, 2007 1:27 PM

So, either (A) Hutch is a complete dumb ass and an arrogant lying bigot, or (B) the White House is duping religious people for political gain and this whole "Office of Faith-Based Initiatives" is a sham.

Sweet! Either way, the more press and FBI investigations the better.

Go Coffman!

Posted by SDA in SEA | March 20, 2007 1:44 PM

in the spirit of "follow the money" (from all the president's men) does the title of "envoy" come with a budget? or do the envoys do all their missionary work on their own or their flock's dime? it costs money to go visit latvia--who paid for that?

Posted by ellarosa | March 20, 2007 1:58 PM

I am SO loving this!

Posted by In Jesus' Name | March 20, 2007 2:00 PM

Media reports last year said that the White House had give 1.5 billion to Faith Groups from non allocated funding, via the special desk at the White the cash flow is real......or, perhaps that reportage was mistaken.

The Christo right is all they have left...

God time to extort money from Bush and company......tell your pastor

As for who paid for Latvia, gosh, the flocks to be fleeced.

Posted by kk3e | March 20, 2007 3:05 PM

I bet Hutcherson is the real CIA operative Cheney meant to out in 2003, but his Pacemaker skipped a beat and he outed Plame instead. But don't tell the media I said so.

Posted by Michael | March 20, 2007 3:09 PM

I think Microsoft Corporation should fire Ken Hutcherson once and for all!

Posted by kerplunk | March 20, 2007 4:29 PM

Now if only we had a nice US attorney to prosecute the bastard.

Posted by Fnarf | March 20, 2007 5:05 PM

Go Dave - this is fagtacular!

I wonder if this might have any impact on Hutcherson's effort to repeal the Anderson-Murray bill signed into law last June?

I mean we really couldn't have a potentially convicted fellon trying to undertake such an effort now could we? Moihahahahahahahaha

Posted by Liberal Dragon | March 20, 2007 5:14 PM
14 :)

Posted by pudentaine | March 20, 2007 5:25 PM

Hutcherson is an "envoy" for the cuckoo's nest.

Posted by lintburn | March 20, 2007 11:43 PM

Remember the mysterious medical condition he teased us with last year? Lookin more and more like spongiform encephalopathy.

Posted by UW doc | March 21, 2007 2:25 AM

And I love the signs that he's reading this stuff.


Posted by UW doc | March 21, 2007 2:26 AM

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