September 18, 2020

Staffer In Senate File Pilfering To Resign

Senate staffer Miguel Miranda will resign in the wake of the recent scandal over unauthorized accesses to the opposition’s computer files, according to Alexander Bolton’s story in The Hill.

Miranda is the highest-ranking person who has been accused publicly of involvement in the accesses made by Republican staff to the Democrats’ internal strategy memos. His current (pre-resignation) job is in the office of Senate majority leader Bill Frist, directing Republican strategy in the judicial nomination battles. The events that triggered his resignation occurred when he worked for Judiciary Committee chair Orrin Hatch. The Hill reports that pressure from Hatch precipitated Miranda’s resignation.

An investigation by Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Pickle is ongoing. It’s not clear whether any criminal charges will be brought.

[Link via Michael Froomkin.]