In a court filing today, the Justice Department says it plans on calling admitted felon Trevor Blackann to testify against Fraser Verrusio in Mr. Verrusio's upcoming criminal trial:
[T]he discovery identified another example of official assistance, namely Verrusio’s offer to insert the [United Rentals, Inc.] amendments in conference committee....
[A]s reflected in his September 5, 2008, 302, Trevor Blackann will testify that Verrusio offered to insert the amendment at the conference committee stage as a way of protecting the amendment from criticism and subsequent removal. Verrusio was provided this and other 302s under cover of letter dated April 7, 2009. When asked recently by defense counsel about who would testify on this point, we advised that it would be Trevor Blackann.
Mr. Blackann isn't the only person who has implicated Mr. Verrusio in wrongdoing. Jim Hirni and Todd Boulanger have also signed statements detailing Mr. Verrusio's role in this scandal. Although the Justice Department has not publicly said that Mr. Hirni will testify against Mr. Verrusio, it seems probable that he will. From a 2008 Justice Department report (page 24):
One of the public officials (Staffer D) worked on a House of Representatives committee with responsibility for the federal highway bill. The other public official was Trevor Blackann. Hirni admitted that he offered these public officials the trip in part to influence them to take official action favorable to his and others' efIorts to amend the federal highway bill.
Hirni admitted that during the World Series trip, he, Blackann, and others discussed the federal highway bill and Company A. After the trip, Hirni admitted he and others proposed amendments to the bill to Blackann and Staffer D; sought to identify a public official who could insert their proposed amendments into the Senate's version of the bill; and worked to prevent the removal of one of the amendments once it was added to the bill.
Lastly, we have good news for our long-time readers. The ACR Blog fully expects to find opportunities to post more pictures of Todd Boulanger during the trial of Mr. Verrusio. Since "Staffer D", the DoJ's codename for Mr. Verrusio, appears frequently in Boulanger's Factual Basis for Plea, it is likely that Mr. Boulanger will appear as a witness, too.
1 Staffer D is Fraser Verrusio