Received the following statement in my inbox this morning:
I take this opportunity to comment directly on media statements by former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, David Iglesias.
Since my knowledge of his remarks stems only from a variety of media accounts, I have hesitated to respond.Â Nevertheless, in light of substantial public interest, I have decided to comment.
I called Mr. Iglesias late last year.Â My call had been preceded by months of extensive media reports about acknowledged investigations into courthouse construction, including public comments from the FBI that it had completed its work months earlier, and a growing number of inquiries from constituents. I asked Mr. Iglesias if he could tell me what was going on in that investigation and give me an idea of what timeframe we were looking at.Â It was a very brief conversation, which concluded when I was told that the courthouse investigation would be continuing for a lengthy period.
In retrospect, I regret making that call and I apologize.Â However, at no time in that conversation or any other conversation with Mr. Iglesias did I ever tell him what course of action I thought he should take on any legal matter. I have never pressured him nor threatened him in any way.
You can download a copy of the full statement here.