The United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Paul Fishman, has opened a federal investigation into the scandal over the bridge closures ordered by the Christie Administration in Fort Lee. The inquiry is focused on whether any federal statutes are “implicated.” I’m wondering, what crimes or civil wrongs were committed in the course of Bridge-gate. Does anyone with knowledge of federal criminal law have a sense of what possible charges and civil suits might ensue?
Without expertise in federal criminal law, I’ve only been able to generate one theory, i.e. conspiracy to deprive people of constitutional rights “under color of law.”. The penumbral constitutional interest in travelling freely from state to state (“the right to travel”) was interfered with by actors proceeding “under color of law.” This theory would be relevant for both criminal and civil purposes.
Does the criminal prosecution of underlings like Kelly and Wildstein portend anything of actual significance, either legal or political?