FBI Agents have recently begun interviewing people in Manassas Park and asking those whom they’ve contacted questions about corruption surrounding the Dave Ruttenberg scandal. I talked to one of those individuals today, who had a lengthly discussion with two agents, and have heard from another that they’ve been contacted as well. Dave Ruttenberg himself has been contacted by an officer of the Virginia State Police, who apparently had “seen things on the internet”, but who was unaware that the prior State Police investigation was halted by Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert, so that investigation is extremely preliminary, and likely to be rolled into the active investigation that the FBI apparently is conducting.
This is great news for those interested in cleaning up the mess that Manassas Park has become, and dire news for a number of city officials who now are facing an investigation without the sort of protection that Paul Ebert provided earlier. I believe the end result of a properly conducted investigation will result in a number of criminal convictions and the utter demolition of the insider establishment’s grip on political power in Manassas Park. The FBI holds the promise to conduct a thorough investigation, without being subject to the political pressures that might derail a state or local investigation. Dave Ruttenberg has moved one step closer to vindication, and the citizens of Manassas Park have inched closer to obtaining the kind of representative government they so richly deserve to have.
It’s a good day for the good guys. Let’s see if the media finally starts running some stories.
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