Strib contradicts Coleman: We did not have DonorGate lawsuit last week

[Saturday 5 p.m. update: I now have reason to believe the Strib did receive information on some version of some set of these allegations in advance, though Rene Sanchez’s statement about not receiving the lawsuit remains accurate.]

Star Tribune managing editor Rene Sanchez confirms his paper did not have a copy of the Texas “DonorGate” lawsuit last week.

That contradicts U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman’s statement this morning alleging, “Sometime last week, even before this Texas lawsuit was originally filed, a copy of these false allegations was delivered in Minnesota in an unmarked envelope to two Minneapolis Star Tribune reporters.”

Says Sanchez, “We did not get a copy of this lawsuit until after it was filed Monday.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tim Hayes on 10/31/2008 - 05:52 pm.

    Mr. Brauer, I love the new blog. However, is it possible to turn the full RSS feed on? The partial feed is rather frustrating for those of us that want to read your work on the reader.

    We will still log in to comment to get page views up, but it is no longer the 90s and RSS readers are the wave of the future, dude.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

  2. Submitted by Michael B. Brodkorb on 10/31/2008 - 07:18 pm.

    The real question is whether the Star Tribune had paper related to a potential lawsuit last week. The lawsuit wasn’t filed until Monday, but it is very likely that the Star Tribune had paperwork related to the lawsuit before it was formally filed. It’s not a lawsuit until it is filed. Is the Star Tribune playing word games? I think they may.

  3. Submitted by Charlie Quimby on 11/01/2008 - 11:46 am.

    I think you’re missing the “real question,” Michael, but I don’t blame you for preferring to look that way.

    As for word games, the Strib wouldn’t be the only ones:

    “We find any allegations that she accepted money for work she was not responsible for to be outrageous and contemptible.”

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