Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Deception Point Page 40
This photo reveals, Tench said, that your evokedidate is holding secret meetings with an system that represents private di stance enterprises. Tench motioned to several other documents on the table. We excessively have internal SFF memos c alto sithering for huge sums of money to be composed from SFF member companies-in amounts commensurate with their net worth-and transferred to accounts controlled by Senator Sexton. In effect, these private space agencies are anteing up to put Sexton in office. I throw out only assume he has agreed to pass the commercialization beat and privatize NASA if elected.Gabrielle looked at the pile of papers, unconvinced. Do you expect me to believe that the discolor House has evidence that its opponent is engaged in profoundly vile race finance-and yet, for some reason, you are keeping it secret?What would you believe?Gabrielle glared. Frankly, considering your skills for manipulation, a to a greater extent logical solution seems that you are pl ying me somehow with phony documents and photos produced by some enterprising White House staffer and his desktop print computer.Possible, I admit. But not true.No? Then how did you get each these internal documents from corporations? The resources required to steal all of this evidence from so numerous an(prenominal) companies certainly exceeds the grasp of the White House.Youre right. This information arrived present as an unrequested gift.Gabrielle was now lost.Oh yes, Tench said, we get a lot of it. The President has many powerful political allies who would analogous to see him stay in office. Remember, your outlook is suggesting cuts all over the place-a lot of them right here in Washington. Senator Sexton certainly has no qualms about citing the FBIs bloated budget as an instance of government overspending. Hes taken some potshots at the IRS, too. Maybe someone at the bureau or at the service got a little annoyed.Gabrielle got the implication. sight at the FBI and IR S would have ways of getting this kind of information. They might wherefore send it to the White House as an unsolicited favor to uphold the Presidents election. But what Gabrielle could not make herself believe was that Senator Sexton would ever be engaged in illegal campaign funding. If this data is accurate, Gabrielle challenged, which I powerfully doubt it is, why havent you gone public?Why do you debate?Because it was gathered illegally.How we got it makes no difference.Of course it makes a difference. Its inadmissible in a hearing.What hearing? Wed simply leak this to a newspaper, and theyd run it as a credible-source story with photos and documentation. Sexton would be guilty until proven innocent. His vocal anti-NASA stance would be virtual proof that he is taking bribes.Gabrielle knew it was true. Fine, she challenged, then why havent you leaked the information?Because its a damaging. The President promised not to go negative in the campaign and he wants to stick to tha t promise as long as he can.Yeah, right Youre telling me the President is so upstanding that he refuses to go public with this because people might consider it a negative?Its a negative for the country. It implicates dozens of private companies, many of which are make up of honest people. It besmirches the office of the U.S. Senate and is bad for the countrys morale. Dishonest politicians hurt all politicians. Americans need to trust their leaders. This would be an ugly investigation and would most in all probability send a U.S. senator and numerous prominent aerospace executives to jail.Although Tenchs logic did make sense, Gabrielle unflustered doubted the allegations. What does any of this have to do with me?Simply put, Ms. Ashe, if we release these documents, your candidate give be indicted for illegal campaign financing, lose his Senate seat, and most likely do prison time. Tench paused. Unless Gabrielle power saw a snakelike glint in the senior advisers eyes. Unless what?T ench took a long drag on her cigarette. Unless you define to help us avoid all that.A murky inhibit posturetled over the room.Tench coughed roughly. Gabrielle, listen, I decided to share this hapless information with you for three reasons. First, to show you Zach Herney is a decent man who considers the governments social welfare before his personal gain. Second, to inform you that your candidate is not as fiducial as you might think. And third, to persuade you to accept the offer I am about to make.That offer being?Id like to offer you a pass off to do the right thing. The patriotic thing. Whether you know it or not, youre in a unique position to spare Washington all kinds of unpleasant scandal. If you can do what I am about to ask, perhaps you could even sack up yourself a place on the Presidents squad.A place on the Presidents team? Gabrielle couldnt believe what she was hearing. Ms. Tench, whatever you have in mind, I do not appreciate being black-mailed, coerced, or ta lked down to. I work for the senators campaign because I believe in his politics. And if this is any indication of the way Zach Herney exerts political influence, I have no inte wait in being associated with him If youve got something on Senator Sexton, then I suggest you leak it to the press. Frankly, I think this hale things a sham.Tench gave a dreary sigh. Gabrielle, your candidates illegal funding is a fact. Im sorry. I know you trust him. She lowered her voice. Look, heres the point. The President and I will go public with the funding issue if we must, but it will get ugly on a grand scale. This scandal involves several major(ip) U.S. corporations breaking the law. A lot of innocent people will profits the price. She took a long drag and exhaled. What the President and I are hoping for here is some other way to discredit the senators ethics. A way that is more contained one in which no innocent parties get hurt. Tench set down her cigarette and folded her hands. Simply put, w e would like you to publicly admit that you had an inter-group communication with the senator.Gabrielles entire body went rigid. Tench sounded utterly certain of herself. Impossible, Gabrielle knew. There was no proof. The sex had happened only once, behind locked doors in Sextons senatorial office. Tench has nothing. Shes fishing. Gabrielle fought to conceal her steady tone. You assume a lot, Ms. Tench.Which? That you had an affair? Or that you would abandon your candidate?Both.Tench gave a curt smile and stood up. Well, lets put one of those facts to rest right now, shall we? She walked to her wall safe again and returned with a red manila paper folder. It was stamped with the White House seal. She unhooked the clasp, tipped the envelope over, and dumped the contents out on the desk in front of Gabrielle.As dozens of color photographs spilled out onto the desk, Gabrielle saw her entire career come crashing down before her.46 remote the habisphere, the katabatic wind roaring dow n off the glacier was nothing like the ocean winds Tolland was accustomed to. On the ocean, wind was a function of tides and blackjack fronts and came in gusting ebbs and flows. The katabatic, however, was a slave to simple physics-heavy cold air go down a glacial incline like a tidal wave. It was the most resolute gale force Tolland had ever experienced. Had it been coming at 20 knots, the katabatic would have been a sailors dream, but at its current cardinal knots it could quickly become a nightmare even for those on satisfying ground. Tolland found that if he paused and leaned backward, the stalwart squall could easily prop him up.