Steve Kornacki (Credit: MSNBC)

"I'm not releasing individual names...yet": DC Madam's client details "could affect the 2016 presidential race"

Montgomery Blair Sibley, the DC Madam's lawyer, is fighting to release the escort service's phone records


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 12, 2016 6:18PM (UTC)

On The Rachel Maddow Show Monday, guest host Steve Kornacki reported that it's possible phone records kept by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "DC Madam," could "affect the 2016 presidential race."

Her lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, is attempting to obtain permission from the Supreme Court to disregard a gag order, but indicated in an email to MSNBC that even if he is not granted permission, he might simply release the complete records anyway.

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He sent MSNBC court documents that list the companies, governments, and government organizations which placed phone calls to the escort service. There is no indication as to why individuals from these companies and organizations contacted the escort service, but the list includes the FBI, the IRS, the USPS, and the US Forest Service.

"So far, none of these groups appear to have any connection to any current presidential candidate," Kornacki said, "but as to the names of individuals on the list, Sibley is still waiting to hear back from the Supreme Court, which earlier denied his request to have the gag order removed."

Even if it decides against him again, Sibley left open the possibility of releasing them anyway. "I am not releasing any individual names," he said in an email to MSNBC, "yet."

Watch the entire segment below via MSNBC.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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