by Michelle Morin
A suspect in Colorado’s Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements’ horrific murder has been identified as former Colorado inmate Evan Ebel.
Ebel was found in Texas Thursday, and a police chase and shootout ensued resulting in Ebel’s death. The gun found in Ebel’s possession was the same caliber and shell casings as those in Clements’ murder. Evan Ebel is also the son of Jack Ebel, a friend of Governor Hickenlooper’s. Jack Ebel donated $1,050 to Hickenlooper’s election campaign.
Denver’s 9News interviewed Hickenlooper today, and asked the obvious tough questions.
Excerpts from that interview (but readers really must see the full video interview below):
Hickenlooper: An old friend of mine named Jack Ebel. He was one of the nicest, most generous people I’ve known.
9News: Did you play any role in this suspect’s getting out of ad seg or prison?
Hickenlooper: No. I never talked to anyone, never specifically named him to anyone. A) Jack would never ask me. B) I would never do it. For a friend I would not ask on Jack’s behalf without telling Jack. Tom Clements had never heard of Evan Ebel.
9News: Did Jack Ebel donate to you or your campaign?
Hickenlooper: Oh yeah I’m sure he did. Almost all my old friends from those early years … would have supported me.
9News: Can you assure Coloradans, even if he donated money to your campaign that you played no role in any of this situation?
Hickenlooper: What a stupid question, why would you even ask that question? I just got through teling you, right that, A) I wouldn’t do it. I told you I didn’t do it, so now you’re asking me that question again? I mean, that’s your choice, but you lose your ability to have access when you treat people like that. So you got one question and I’m done.
9News: Let’s just move on.
Hickenlooper: It’s just ridiculous!
9News: We just want to give you the chance to answer the question.
Hickenlooper: You gave me the question! You already asked me the question! My God!
9News: You said he served his entire term?
Hickenlooper: That’s what I was told.
9News: You know when he was released?
Hickenlooper: I don’t. I could find it out for you.
The excerpts I’ve included do this interview only partial justice.
Readers must see it to believe it. Watch it here, from 9News:
I welcome my readers’ comments and thoughts about all of this.
What do you think about this interview, specifically Hickenlooper’s reaction? Leave your comments below.
Yesterday I posted about this murder, its then-potential terrorist ties, and our Governor’s initial response to the murder: “I can hardly believe it” followed by hiding behind tax-payer funded and well-armed security. All while signing away Colorado citizens’ own right to bear same arms in same self-defense. As I posted then, I’m relieved this is proving unrelated to terrorism, but the post reveals how deeply involved the Saudi government has been in defending and subsequently attempting to repatriate a Colorado Muslim inmate convicted of a horrific crime. All this, with no comment from our governor against such international pressure in a gruesome conviction in our own state. If you value freedom, it’s all information you need to know. Read it here.