Vanity Fair dropped this story today on Duke Cunningham’s vast scheme. Will there ever be a month when no more crazy details about this case come out?
The best part of this story is kind of buried. It details, for example, what Duke did to try to cover things up after Copley News Service broke the story in the Union-Tribune.
Last July Duke phoned the Maryland antiques dealer he and Wade had patronized at least half a dozen times. Anxiously, he pleaded with her to recall that he had quietly slipped $35,000 in cash to Wade as compensation for the lavish purchases. “I never saw it, and believe me, $35,000 in cash I would remember!” the dealer tells me.
I’d remember too.