Former Senator Bob Klitzkie continues to challenge a legal memorandum issued by the attorney general regarding the disputed Redemptoris Mater Seminary property.
Guam - There was a seemingly bitter exchange between former Senator Bob Klitzkie and Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson over a land management dispute on a multimillion dollar seminary property.
The Attorney General was on K57 this morning to talk about other issues when Klitzkie called in.
Former Senator Bob Klitzkie has been relentless in his pursuit of getting to the bottom of an erroneously published certificate of title for the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, which has been the center of controversy over its ownership. Klitzkie has demanded answers, but with little to no response from Department of Land Management and the Attorney General’s Office in recent weeks, he says he’s been stonewalled.
This morning he took advantage of an opportunity to get Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson on the record regarding the matter while the AG was on mornings with Patti on Newstalk K57.
Right off the bat, Klitzkie grilled Barrett-Anderson. Klitzkie noted that although the AG had already officially responded in writing that the matter had been legally resolved, he continued to call into question the conduct of Assistant Attorney General Kristan Finney, who is assigned to the Department of Land Management.
Klitzkie: "Do you concur with the conduct of your subordinate Kristan Finney, Esq. as described in the highlighted language supra?"
Barrett-Anderson: "Why are you asking that question, Bob?
Klitzkie: "I beg your pardon?"
Barrett-Anderson: "Why are you asking that question?"
Klitzkie: "Why am I asking it? Because Kristan Finney is an assistant attorney general."
Klitzkie is accusing Finney of lying to his face when he inquired about a petition that at the time was deemed to be necessary in order to correct the erroneously published certificate of title.
So Klitzkie wrote his own petition to the Attorney General to inquire about Finney’s conduct.
Here are excerpts from their exchange this morning.
Barrett-Anderson: "Perhaps, Bob, I’m not clear on what is the form of a petition."
Klitzkie: "Well you said you got my letter and if you read it to the end you'd find out that near the end it says, the first bullet is, a petition to you."
Barrett-Anderson: "A petition for what, Bob?"
Klitzkie: "A petition for you to tell me whether you concur with the conduct of Kristan Finney."
Barrett-Anderson: "I guess I’m not aware that a petition takes the form of an interrogatory."
Klitzkie: "I would hope that as the chief legal officer of Guam you would respond to a citizen’s petition pursuant to the organic act."
Barrett-Anderson: "I am just baffled by what the remaining issue is. There was an administrative remedy to correct the notation and the memorialization that was done in accordance with statute. I don’t know what the remaining issues are."
Eventually, Barrett-Anderson acknowledged Klitzkie’s inquiry and said she would respond to him in writing.
Barrett-Anderson: "I know exactly what’s gonna happen from a simple response. I’m gonna get a response from you again, which will generate another response. But you are correct, Bob. I will give you the courtesy of putting in black in white pretty much what I said today on the air."