It looks like Randy's attempt to block his federal investigation has failed for the time being. This actually may have been a bit of a plan. Sell the house we just got, claim the government investigation is preventing the home from selling, allow our attorneys to question government witnesses. This means Randy gets a better idea of who said what before the trial begins.
A judge has ordered a temporary halt in the federal government's civil suit against U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, ruling that allowing the case to continue could jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation of the congressman.
U.S. District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw ruled that the U.S. attorney's office has shown that allowing Cunningham's attorneys to question government witnesses could "compromise the ongoing criminal investigation."
The suit seeks to stop the congressman and his wife, Nancy, from selling their gated, five-bedroom Rancho Santa Fe estate and using the proceeds as they wish.
Also here is sneak peak about what is or is NOT happening.
At the congressman's Capitol Hill offices, spokesman Mark Olson wrote in an e-mail Tuesday that Cunningham will soon sit as co-chairman of a joint subcommittee meeting discussing homeland security and the role of the chief intelligence officer.
Cunningham also will be involved in ironing out the differences in House and Senate defense appropriations bills, and will probably participate in addressing differences between the chambers' measures on labor, health and human services and education spending, according to Olson.
Federal authorities have consistently refused comment on the grand jury's criminal investigation or when it is likely to conclude.
Last week, Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Halpern spoke with a reporter about the civil suit. But when asked about the grand jury's work, Halpern quipped, "What grand jury investigation?"
Phillip Halpern - (619) 557-5165... Ask this dude.. What is up?!!?