WASHINGTON — Special prosecutor Whitney North Seymour Jr. today accused the Justice Department of aiding the defense of lobbyist Michael K. Deaver as jury selection continued in the former White House aide's perjury trial.
Deaver, a former White House deputy chief of staff, is charged with lying to a federal grand jury and a House subcommittee that investigated his lobbying for possible ethics law violations.
Seymour's latest filing revived the controversy over his unsuccessful attempt to persuade Canada to allow its ambassador here to testify as a prosecution witness.
Seymour accused the Justice Department of coordinating its filing of legal briefs on the Canadian matter with Deaver's lawyers.
Seymour charged that there was evidence of "the existence of a prearrangement between Deaver's counsel and the Department of Justice."
'There's Something Rotten'
"To borrow a phrase from Shakespeare, 'there's something rotten' in the way these applications have been initiated and pursued," Seymour said in his brief filed with U.S. District Judge Thomas Jackson.