Here is a quick report from Sue Livio of the Star-Ledger reports Attorney for Christie campaign manager demands retraction on GWB report, threatens to sue," saying Bill Stepien did not mislead anyone and should not be judged for not cooperating with the Governor's report.
"To state as the report does … that Mr. Stepien lied to Mr. Christie — a man to whom he was unshakably loyal and unfailingly honest throughout their relationship — is reprehensible regardless of your motive for doing so," Marino's letter said. "It is also actionable. We insist you retract it now." ...
"We demand you retract the statement … that Mr. Stepien falsely assured Governor Christie that he had 'no prior knowledge of the GWB lane realignment," Marino's April 2 letter to Mastro said. "The report itself acknowledges...that he did have prior knowledge of the lane realignment," because Port Authority official David Wildstein had approached Stepien about it.
"The report's irresponsible conclusion's about Mr. Stepien - from its vague determination that he engaged in 'troubling' conduct, to its damningly false conclusion that he lied to the governor about Wildstein's proposal and his reaction to it, to its legally incorrect contention that one can draw an adverse inference from his refusal to honor an invalid subpoena -- have all now taken root," according to a statement from Marino.
Christie's office released a statement on behalf of Mastro saying there was nothing to correct.
What an amusing moment in this melodrama to have our attention called back to the opening acts when Randy Mastro was trying to cast an interpretive framework for us all to buy into that Governor Christie is "shocked, truly shocked to discover that some of his staff are lacking in total candor in disclosing their knowledge that this scoundrel David Wildstein has been engaging in dirty tricks down there at the Port Authority."
So the Mastro report indicates that Bill Stepien lied saying he knew knowing. I don't recall the dates of this particular conversation. Yesterday, Michael Drewniak testified that he told Governor Chris Christie on December 5 that David Wildstein not only told him about the entire scheme, but also that Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien were involved.
At some point Governor Christie's denials may start to strain credulity. (Snark alert!)
Drip, drip, drip