Safavian writes tearful letter to family, friends

Published: Friday June 23, 2006

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Former Bush administration procurement official David Safavian has written an email to family and friends saying he plans an appeal (likely to last through July, 2007) and describing himself as "angry, scared, disappointed and hurt," according to today's edition of Roll Call.

Excerpts from the email, as printed in Roll Call, follow:


“To be honest, I am not sure how to react. I find myself disappointed, angry, scared, frustrated, and hurt. But most of all, I feel rather numb — sort of an emotional paralysis. Right now, it’s like this is happening to someone else rather than me. But I have no doubt reality will hit me soon.

“Mostly, though, I just don’t know what to do, say, or think. Despite all this, I still believe I am blessed. Jennifer has been by my side throughout this ordeal and has kept me focused and (relatively) sane. I’m not sure where I’d be without her and Katie. (Just this morning, I even found myself laughing, as Katie danced to “The Wiggles.” So I am keeping some degree of perspective.)

“I also know that I have been blessed with a strong family (my mother, sister, and father-in-law especially) and good friends to support us through this. And the people at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, who continue to represent us, I count as family. Biz Van Gelder started out as my lawyer, but in the last year, has become my friend, therapist, coach, and confessor.


“Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you for what you have done so far. I’m truly grateful."


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