“Today I know that was a mistake. First, the money amounts charged against me as bribes could have been proven completely false. I have recently received my 2000 and 2005 check registers that document that most of the alleged ‘bribes’ were in fact reimbursements. Black and white,” he writes.
“I can prove item by item that was in the Plea Agreement was not true, except I did accept antiques, furniture and carpets from Mitch Wade. They were NOT bribes. I signed the Plea only under the duress described, and the DOJ assurance that if I continued to cooperate in other cases, I would receive a 35% reduction in my sentence…after which I fully cooperated over several years, often in leg irons and belly chains, only to have the DOJ mislead me because I refused to twist the truth to fit their story against over defendants in other cases,” Cunningham writes.
He writes that he would have supported Wade’s defense program “even if the vicious Nancy Pelosi had wanted it.”
“So, clearly no bribe of any sort was involved in this matter. But the DOJ prosecutors … put a false spin on the true story — and in the Plea — to make their case,” he writes.
Cunningham also explains that it would have been impossible for him to have had sex with a prostitute.
“At no time did I ever state that I had sex with a prostitute in Hawaii, and the DOJ bastards know it. I told the prosecutors I would submit to any doctor or sex therapist etc to prove it was impossible. I had radical prostate surgery which left me almost impotent even with the use of ED medication after a year of recuperation,” he continues.
“Yet the DOJ put the worst possible spin on these allegations to humiliate me before family and constituents — without regard for the truth. When my prostate cancer returned, I had a full dose of radiation. I told them and the prostitute first that I was married and happily so. Second, I would not due to the possibility of disease and when she said he had ‘protection’ I told her and the DOJ that I could not get one even if I wanted to.”
“I recognize the need for zeal on the part of prosecutors — and I have championed the adversary system of justice in our land. But by my own firsthand experience, this is not justice, and it does not get us to the truth of things,” he writes.
“I marvel that federal Judges like the late John Rolls here is Tucson, and Judge Burns, are able to sort thru this much ‘official spin’ by the DOJ and come up with some semblance of truth and justice. I can only hope and pray that investigative journalists will also help in this effort, and not just take the government’s official spin — on Plea agreements obtained by threats and intimidation against family,” Cunningham writes.
Here’s how Cunningham concludes his letter:
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Additional reporting by Melissa Jeltsen.