JP sheriff to turn over coffee shop, other recordings to FBI

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand held a news conference Tuesday to give an update on the investigation of the man caught recording in a Metairie coffee shop on the day before the primary election in late October.

Normand said while he isn't certain that private investigator Robert J. Frenzel was recording him as he was meeting with associates, he plans to turn over video seized in the incident to the FBI on Thursday.

Normand has said previously that he believes the incident was politically motivated because he supported Jay Dardenne over David Vitter in the race for Louisiana governor. Frenzel works for a Dallas firm hired by Vitter to do "opposition research."

Normand said one of the videos recovered shows a private investigator working for Vitter trying to get a woman acquainted with a prostitute to sign an affidavit.

"I don't know if Mr. Vitter knows if the private investigator videotaped this, nor do I know if Mister Vitter knows we have it," Normand said. "So that is a question that you have to ask Mr. Vitter. But I will tell you the manner in which they procured this affidavit, in my humble opinion, is incredibly flawed."

Vitter said he has already gone to the FBI with affidavits related to a scheme to have someone lie about him.

"John Bel Edwards' political allies are clearly using their badges to play politics, which is horrible," Vitter said through a spokesman. "They're also trying to distract attention from serious wrongdoing by an Edwards business associate that I referred to the U.S. Attorney and FBI some time ago, along with a stack of supporting evidence."

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