Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred has a pretty good track record when it comes to lobbing political bombshells. In 2010, she permanently hobbled the gubernatorial campaign of Mitt Romney’s friend Meg Whitman with the revelation that Whitman had employed an undocumented worker for years and then tried to cover it up.
More recently, Allred was instrumental in bringing then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s extramarital affair with his housekeeper to light, providing proof, finally, that Schwarzenegger was a scumbag philanderer — a fact that had been common knowledge in Hollywood for decades for the action star ran for governor.
Now Allred is investigating testimony provided by Romney during divorce proceedings for Staples CEO Tom Stemberg and his then-wife Maureen Sullivan. In the testimony, Romney is alleged to have helped Stemberg conceal the true worth of Staples Inc. from the court.
Allred and Sullivan were in court in Massachusetts today but the hearing has been postponed until tomorrow.
So it should not be a surprise that this is not the first time Mitt Romney has been accused of perjury. In 2002, he was accused of lying under oath during sworn testimony during a hearing to determine if he had violated Massachusetts law regarding residency requirements to run for governor. Romney appeared to have lied about when he left Bain Capital to work on the Olympics. In his federal disclosure forms which are signed under penalty of perjury — a felony — Romney claimed he resigned completely from Bain in 1999. But in order to meet the residency requirements to run for governor he claimed he continued working for Bain in Boston while simultaneously working on the Olympics in Utah.
Republicans will undoubtedly attempt to wave these issues away, but Democrats, independents and everyone who is fair-minded should remember that it was Republicans who insisted that perjury — even during testimony given in the discovery phase of a civil lawsuit — is a “high crime or misdemeanor” that is worthy of impeachment.