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Ethics office investigates
Those allegations are also being investigated by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.
A string of campaign e-mails obtained by the Star Tribune also shows an exchange between Waldron, Woolson and campaign consultant Bob Heckman discussing ways to get Sorenson to admit responsibility in the Heki case.
“It should have been done earlier,” Woolson said in a December 2012 e-mail, “in a way that spared Barb from the heartache she has endured.”
Waldron said that, as a Christian, he could not “be complicit with violating theft and bearing false testimony.”
Meanwhile, Heckman took the view that Sorenson should “make it right” with Heki. He viewed Bachmann as an “innocent party.”
Heki, however, has faulted Bachmann for remaining publicly silent about the case, even as she allegedly told her privately the day after the caucuses that Sorenson had been involved in taking the list.
That account was backed up in the affidavit provided by Woolson, who was later dismissed as a defendant in Heki’s suit.
That suit, filed six months after the Bachmann presidential campaign folded, names Bachmann along with Sorenson, Short, and several other top campaign officials who she believes participated in a cover-up of the incident.
Iowa attorney Jeffrey Goodman, who is representing the campaign in Heki litigation, has previously denied any wrongdoing by Bachmann or her associates. He did not respond to an inquiry about the settlement talks.
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