Audio: Larry Craig’s post-arrest police interview

posted at 5:13 pm on August 30, 2007 by Bryan

Our source is the esteemed Washington Times. Our content is a discussion of the meaning of shoe bumps, glances and the width of a stance.

Meanwhile, Rep. Barney Frank is speaking up for Craig.

“What he did, it’s hypocritical, but it’s not an abuse of his office in the sense that he was taking money for corrupt votes,” said Frank. “I think people should resign when they have clearly done the job in a way that is dishonest.”

Added Frank: “It’s one thing to say that someone can’t be trusted to vote without being corrupt, it’s another to say that he can’t be trusted to go to the bathroom by himself.”

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Proposed bumper sticker: Larry Craig: Loo sir.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 30, 2007 at 10:51 PM

You make a mistake in eliminating the possibility that both the officer enganged in misconduct and Craig is sleezy. One does not exclude the other.

Resolute on August 30, 2007 at 10:29 PM

I was responding to the “This was a set-up” comments, and never said one excluded the other, but Craig didn’t sign a confession that day, he signed two months later, after speaking with an attorney.

John from WuzzaDem on August 30, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Or maybe… after listening three times to the tape… it was actually mistake or entrapment. That officer sounds like he’s leading the subject.

petefrt on August 30, 2007 at 9:50 PM

Did you hear what Craig said at the beginning of the interview?

“You solicited me.”

If he doesn’t know anything about this whole “bathroom signals” thing, how do you explain that comment?

John from WuzzaDem on August 30, 2007 at 11:33 PM

Proposed bumper sticker: Larry Craig: Loo sir.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on August 30, 2007 at 10:51 PM

Yeah but, I wouldn’t put it on my car, Larry might think its an invitation. Then there’s Larry, following you around all day, waiting for you to pull over. No thanks.

Maxx on August 30, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Why does everyone assume that the cop is not lying? Especially in regards to the 1st solicitation? If he lied about that part, then he could have lied/exaggerated other elements of this.

Also, since the cop probably knew that the Senator visits that particular bathroom frequently (as admitted), then how do we know this cop wasn’t setting him up?

The cop is sitting on a toilet for hours at a time and doesn’t use some signals himself to get things “going”?

From the audio, I believe that Craigs was guilty. But the cop also seems guilty for entrapment. And the threats of jailtime and media exposure for a quick guilty plea doesn’t sit well.

The problem with these bathroom arrests are that video is not allowed for obvious reasons. That leaves too much room for corrupt cops to fill their quotas without wasting their day sitting on a toilet for nothing.

And BTW, you parents out there shouldn’t allow your kids to go into public bathrooms by themselves anyway without checking it out first, or waiting inside for them anyway. No telling who could be in a bathroom anyway.

nottakingsides on August 30, 2007 at 11:50 PM

Good thing Jefferson only took bribes and caught caught with tens of thousands of dollars in his freezer… good thing Patrick Kennedy only smashed in to things all over DC while drunk and whacked out on drugs and went to rehab… I mean, if they had tapped their feet, they might have been pushed out too!

Again, I think Craig is disgusting, and he should be pushed out… but my issue is not only with lack of media attention when Dems do things that are often worse, it’s the fact that their own party doesn’t push them out the way the GOP tends to. A foot tapper and an instant messenger are (rightfully) tossed, but real criminals on the Dem side and a guy who admits to an affair with a 17 year old page, and a guy who hired gay prostitutes and allowed a prostitution ring to be run out of his house, “swimmer”, etc. etc. are allowed to keep their positions… and run again and be reelected! (The reelection part is where the media comes in… if there was any fair coverage, these Dems wouldn’t stand a chance of being reelected.)

RightWinged on August 31, 2007 at 12:39 AM

Can’t wait for the next season of South Park to get their hands on FOOT SIGNALS!

Wander on August 31, 2007 at 2:00 AM

I don’t think I’ve ever felt more sorry for a politician than I do for Larry Craig.

To have a man’s life crash down on him like this for something so stupid is one of the saddest things I’ve seen.

jaime on August 31, 2007 at 2:30 AM

The cop is sitting on a toilet for hours at a time and doesn’t use some signals himself to get things “going”?

From the audio, I believe that Craigs was guilty. But the cop also seems guilty for entrapment. And the threats of jailtime and media exposure for a quick guilty plea doesn’t sit well.

nottakingsides on August 30, 2007 at 11:50 PM

Even if the cop tapped first, or even whistled a show tune, it wouldn’t bother me (lying about would of course). That’s like cops dressing up as hookers and walking down the street. As long as they don’t make a proposition, it’s not entrapment.

Claiming entrapment is saying you wouldn’t have been willing
to do something if the cop had not induced you. So here Craig is saying that the cop, simply by tapping his feet, was able to induce Craig to make an advance in a public bathroom that he would have otherwise been unwilling to make. So even if that claim is true, Craig is unfit for office. So how did Bush induce Craig to vote pro-amnesty? Maybe Bush tugged on his ear, and that did it.

And threats of jailtime is what cops are for.

pedestrian on August 31, 2007 at 2:54 AM

Could you guys use a regular version of Quicktime so I can listen to it with QT alternative? Or even better, use mp3?

Thanks in advance.

Kevin M on August 31, 2007 at 6:18 AM

If he doesn’t know anything about this whole “bathroom signals” thing, how do you explain that comment?

John from WuzzaDem on August 30, 2007 at 11:33 PM

No one is going to read this, but. . .

I would think that by the time they were in the interrogation room, I’m pretty sure that the officer and Craig had probably discussed the reason for the interview.

Troy Rasmussen on August 31, 2007 at 10:49 PM

I just want to know how long he had to sit on that toilet seat before he got a nibble on his bait. So to speak. Hours? Every day?

Professor Blather on August 30, 2007 at 5:42 PM

It’s not a toilet. Depending on your point of view, it’s either A) the seat of justice, or B) a troll booth.

In any case, it doesn’t really matter. The Senator has apparently decided to crap out.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 1, 2007 at 12:15 AM

larry craig, your a sicko..resign.

Then beg forgiveness to your wife…and grown children.

Pig.

Highrise on September 1, 2007 at 4:23 AM

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