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Cuccinelli reiterates U.-Va. subpoena is about fraud, not climate change politics

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has today issued a new statement about his civil investigative demand at the University of Virginia, insisting that his request for documents related to the work of climate scientist and former university professor Michael Mann is about "possible fraud and not about infringing upon academic freedom."

The statement reiterates the same points Cuccinelli has made on this issue in a series of interviews with various media outlets over the last few weeks.

But the attorney general's office clearly hopes this will be its last word on the issue. The statement concludes with a note that Cuccinelli will have no further comment on the investigation.

Here is the statement in full:

Our ordinary policy is to not comment on open investigations for the sake of the investigative process as well as for the individuals involved. Because our Civil Investigative Demand was made public by someone other than the attorney general's office, we have confirmed that the CID online on The Hook web site is authentic.

The revelations of Climate-gate indicate that some climate data may have been deliberately manipulated to arrive at pre-set conclusions. The use of manipulated data to apply for taxpayer-funded research grants in Virginia is potentially fraud. Given this, the only prudent thing to do was to look into it.

This is a fraud investigation and the attorney general's office is not investigating Dr. Mann's scientific conclusions. The legal standards for the misuse of taxpayer dollars apply the same at universities as they do at any other agency of state government. This is about rooting out possible fraud and not about infringing upon academic freedom.

The attorney general is working with the University of Virginia to get this investigation resolved quickly with the least disruption to the university as possible. UVA has asked for a deadline extension (to July 26) to turn over the documents requested through the CID. UVA also asked for a reduced scope for the amount of documents requested. Both were considered reasonable requests and were agreed to by the attorney general.

In addition, UVA has requested to hire outside counsel for this matter. This is another accommodation the attorney general has agreed to.

Currently, we are not going to comment any further on the pending investigation.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

The Attorney General should be impeached for misusing taxpayer funds to persue his radical right wing political agenda rather than protecting the Commenwealth's citizens.

Posted by: jchansen14 | May 19, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Cucinnelli is a rabid dog.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 20, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Ken Cuccinelli is tripping.

Posted by: slydell | May 20, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

How in the world is Cucinnelli and his mob qualified to review scientific data?
this is clearly a witch hunt and a fishing expedition.
Any reasonable fraud investigation would stick to financial records alone.
The state has no right to Mann's scientific records and data, nor is Cucinnelli qualified to review them.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 20, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Nothing but politics. If he has to review scientific data, He will have his climate deniers pour over the data and mistranslate for the express purpose to support BP, EXXON/Mobile and of course GOD.

Posted by: mjcc1987 | May 20, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

he states "The revelations of Climate-gate indicate that some climate data may have been deliberately manipulated to arrive at pre-set conclusions."

when the fact is, two reknown Universities and an International Scientific body found there was no evidence of any wrong doing or manipulation by Mann.

What revelations is he talking about? Mann was cleared.

Cuccinelli also avoids answering any of the points made by the 800 scientists who signed that open letter to him that asked him to drop this nonsense.

Cuccinelli is either stupid, a liar, insane or all three.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 20, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

UVA should have nothing to hide. In fact, they should also be concerned that faculty are misusing their funds.

UVA should stop wasting the AG's time and the taxpayers money and start focusing on educating our children.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | May 20, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

>>UVA should have nothing to hide. In fact, they should also be concerned that faculty are misusing their funds.

Peer review buddy. Venture over to one of the state colleges for once and you'll learn about it.

Posted by: slydell | May 20, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Peer review buddy. Venture over to one of the state colleges for once and you'll learn about it."
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Peer review is only as good as the peers who review it. Researchers are known to occasionally cherry-pick reviewers in order to ensure approval ... buddy.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | May 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Bill Maher said it best, the Dems. have moved to the right, and the Republicans are just plain off the charts, whacked out nut bags.

Posted by: keithlb28 | May 20, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse


What internal steps did UVa take to head off this external investigation?

It should yield some great quotes -- in context.

Posted by: blasmaic | May 20, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

>>Peer review is only as good as the peers who review it. Researchers are known to occasionally cherry-pick reviewers in order to ensure approval ... buddy.
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Didn't go to college I assume. Typical Rural High School Republican answer......give a broad excuse with no example and say its true.

Thousands upon thousands of scientists, doctors, engineers, etc use the peer review process. Its why you can take medicine that is safe, drive across a bridge without it collapsing, etc.

Apparently, you know something every other scientist in the world doesn't -- that you are insane and have no clue. Buddy.

Now run along with fellow kooks, and take a college course or two. It will help you learn something because I guarantee that you have never attended a four year college based on your stupid as* ignorant answer.

Posted by: slydell | May 20, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Didn't go to college I assume. Typical Rural High School Republican answer......give a broad excuse with no example and say its true.

Thousands upon thousands of scientists, doctors, engineers, etc use the peer review process. Its why you can take medicine that is safe, drive across a bridge without it collapsing, etc.

"Apparently, you know something every other scientist in the world doesn't -- that you are insane and have no clue. Buddy.

Now run along with fellow kooks, and take a college course or two. It will help you learn something because I guarantee that you have never attended a four year college based on your stupid as* ignorant answer."
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When someone resorts to argumentum ad hominem you know they're desperate.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | May 20, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I've given up on the possibility that Cooch will ever behave rationally. It's going to be a long four years.

Posted by: MAL9000 | May 20, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

>>When someone resorts to argumentum ad hominem you know they're desperate.

You know the world is in trouble when lawyers think they know better than the scientific method. HughJassphD, you could benefit from learning about the scientific method instead of the creationist method. LOL.

Posted by: slydell | May 21, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

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