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Disgraced Congresswoman Threatens NPR with the Capitol Police

Elizabeth Esty’s current chief of staff sent a document to NPR that included the congresswoman’s personal email. When they refused to take it down, Esty’s staffer made threats.

By NTK Staff | 04.04.2018 @3:00pm
Disgraced Congresswoman Threatens NPR with the Capitol Police

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), already having a miserable week after it was revealed she protected an abusive staffer, agreed to not seek reelection. But the bad headlines keep coming for the embattled congresswoman.

On Wednesday, Connecticut’s Public Radio station WNPR reported that Esty’s current chief of staff (not to be confused the one Esty protected for three months after learning about the allegations against him) sent documents to the radio station pertaining to the scandal that included the congresswoman’s personal email.

Esty gave her former chief of staff, Tony Baker, a $5,000 severance and agreed to help him land a new job. That severance agreement is what current chief of staff, Tim Daly, sent to WNPR. The problem? The document included Esty’s personal email address – the account she used for this severance agreement. When Daly realized his mistake, he threatened the radio station with the Capitol Police:

Tim Daly, Esty’s chief of staff, provided a copy of the original signed document without comment to Connecticut Public Radio Tuesday morning. And, seven hours after the station published that document, Esty’s office threatened to involve the U.S. Capitol Police unless it was redacted.

“After consulting with our attorney, we strongly believe there is no legitimate public interest in disclosing the Congresswoman’s personal email address,” Daly wrote. “The sole purpose in our view would be to allow people to use it to harass her. If you still refuse to use the redacted version, we will have no other option, than to refer the matter to the Capitol Police.”

WNPR initially refused Daly’s demands, but later took down the document while reserving the right to repost it at any time. The station sent a list of questions to Daly about Esty’s decision to use her personal email account for the severance agreement with her House employee:

  • Why did Esty use her personal email in a document to which she wasn’t a party?
  • Did she use her personal email as a regular practice?
  • Was she using her personal email to avoid the public disclosure of the severance agreement?
  • If not, why wouldn’t she use her official email?

WNPR said Daly failed to answer any of their questions.

Esty announced late Monday she would not seek reelection in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District.

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