Romney campaign now lies about Mitt’s felony-lie

In response to the news that Mitt Romney may have committed a felony by lying in federal documents about when exactly he left Bain Capital, the Romney campaign today lied about Romney’s lie.

Here’s what Romney himself claimed (via his campaign) in documents filed with the federal government:

“Mr. Romney retired from Bain Capital on February 11, 1999 to head the Salt Lake
Organizing Committee.”

Here’s what the Romney campaign is now claiming that Romney said in those documents:

“FactCheck was saying, if Mitt Romney was actively managing Bain, as the Globe asserts, and he certified that he wasn’t actively managing Bain, then he would be guilty of a federal felony,” McDonald said. “They are not saying that he would be guilty of a federal felony [just] for saying he left in 1999.” [emphasis added]

Actually, a fact sheet from Factcheck.org isn’t the basis for determining whether something is a felony.  But putting that aside, since the Romney campaign wants to go there… contrary to what the Romney campaign is now alleging, Romney didn’t say in federal documents that he “wasn’t actively managing Bain.”  He said that he had “retired.”  And retired means you’re gone.  And Romney wasn’t “gone” at all.  He remained the CEO, chair of the board, and sole stockholder, we now know from SEC documents filed by Bain.

So either Romney lied in his federal filing, or Bain lied in theirs.  Either way, someone may very well be guilty of a felony.


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