Here are transcriptions of two sworn statements from Spitzer aides Darren Dopp and Richard Baum about the Bruno affair that the governor’s office just sent to us.
“I received requests for information relating to the use of state aircraft by public officials from members of the media. In response to these requests, I sought information that the public had a right to know. Although I never directed the State Police to conduct a ‘surveillance’ program on Senator Bruno, I did receive from William Howard information relating to Senator Bruno’s travels generated by the State Police. I now recognize that any requests for State Police records relating to those travels should have been handled through other channels, and I regret any appearance of impropriety that was created by the manner in which this information was sought and obtained.”
“I understand that Darren Dopp was working with the press on a story about the alleged misuse of State aircraft by Senator Bruno. I did not direct the State Police to conduct any surveillance of Senator Bruno, and did not direct anyone else to do so. In addition, I did not direct the State Police to create, re- create or maintain any records relating to Senator Bruno, and did not direct anyone else to do so. Finally, I did not direct the State Police to change their standard operating procedures relating to travel recordkeeping in any way, and did not direct anyone else to do so.”
Both statements are dated Sunday, July 22, 2007.