PLUS: MUST-WATCH NEW ONLINE EXTENDED VERSION OF EXPLOSIVE EXPOSE ON GREG BROWER'S ROBO-SIGNING SCANDAL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=excus7Bd2BI&feature=youtu.be
Las Vegas, NV – Talk about bad timing. United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan is visiting Las Vegas today to discuss with Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto the Obama Administration’s historic settlement on robo-signing.
Donovan’s visit comes only days after Nathan Baca with the KLAS I-Team in Las Vegas reported on Nevada State Senator Greg Brower doing legal work for Lender Processing Services (LPS), a firm under investigation by Nevada's Attorney General for engaging in “robo-signing,” a practice that according to CNN “is believed to have been responsible for thousands of wrongful foreclosures nationwide in the past years.” According to a previous report by KLAS, LPS “has its hands in tens of thousands of Nevada home evictions and foreclosures.”
Something tells us Brower won’t be at today's meeting between the attorney general and the secretary.
But if you haven’t seen Nathan Baca’s extended interview with Brower, please see below. Brower doesn’t exactly look pleased about being asked whether or not he did legal work for LPS...
Nathan Baca: Sen. Brower; Nathan Baca, Channel 8. We have some urgent issues we have to clear up. Last we talked on the phone, which was Feb. 13th, you told me about your involvement with the LPS lawsuit. What sort of involvement do you have with Snell and Wilmer regarding the LPS lawsuit?
State Sen. Greg Brower: I have no involvement.
Baca: You have no involvement whatsoever?
Brower: But I’m…but I’m. I’m not…Look, we’re in the middle of a hearing…
Baca: No, but I’m curious…the reason why I need to…
Brower: No. You don’t need to do anything. We are in the middle of a legislative hearing. So, let’s…if you want to talk at some point, let’s make arrangements to do that.
Brower: But you can’t interrupt a hearing.
Baca: Well, the hearing isn’t called right now.
Brower: Well, we’re about to start it. The chairman is about to gavel us in…
Baca: Could you at least take a look at this and explain this to me?
Brower: I don’t know what this is.
Baca: It’s a letter from you.
Brower: OK. To John Kelleher.
Baca: It says you’re involved in this case.
Brower: OK. I’m not involved in this case.
Baca: But why are you saying that you are?
Brower: Well, this is a letter I sent to Jon Kelleher quite some time ago in anticipation of a meeting that I facilitated between LPS and his office. That’s it. I’m not involved in any litigation, or case that’s pending.
Baca: But you’ve also visited the office as well?
Brower: I have. Yeah.
Baca: So, I’m still trying to understand your stance on robo-signing. Is robo-signing legal and permissible, or is it illegal? What would you like to tell the voters?
Brower: Well, that’s a legal question I’d be happy to get in to in some other context. I don’t know what the context for your question is. I just don’t know where you are going with this.
Baca: Very well. Thank you very much.
Brower: Yeah, I mean this is…
Baca: I’ve just been having a very hard time reaching you…
Baca: And Sandy as well. I mean, every time…I’ll call your office, but we need to talk.
Brower: Well, we don’t need to talk.
Baca: I would like to talk to you.
Brower: Well, I’m sure you would. A lot of reporters do, but…
Brower: Let’s do this in a professional way where you make an appointment and we talk and you just don’t try to interrupt a committee hearing.
Baca: I did make an appointment, but it was cancelled by your office.
Brower: Did you make an appointment with me?
Brower: You want to interview Sandy?
Baca: No, I want to interview you. Thank you very much, state senator.
Brower: Let’s make arrangements so we can talk and not interrupt a committee hearing.
Baca: Very well.