Trutanich claims it is "suspicious political activity" that his personnel file is missing, implying that if it were not missing, it would contain some evidence of his claim that he was surrounded by gangmembers who were shooting at him in the 1980's. That claim was recently found to be false when the LA Times reported that there was not only no evidence to support Trutanich's
Of course Trutanich knows very well that his personnel file, along with many others, was found to be missing in 2008 when he started his campaign to become City Attorney. At that time, Trutanich was supported by DA Steve Cooley and the missing file suited Trutanich's strategy as it allowed him to portray himself as a 'rising star' of the DA's Office when the file might not have supported that claim.
But now Trutanich's claim that the file went missing because of "suspicious political activity" is more likely to be seen as another one of Trutanich's McCarthy-moments, where he makes false claims publicly in the hope that it deflects attention from himself.
Trutanich famously employed that tactic when he publicly accused AEG of 'criminal aspects' arising from the Michael Jackson memorial and launched his ill-fated 'criminal aspects investigation' which was silently abandoned after a year with no results, other than the acceptance by Trutanich of a bunch of Lady Gaga concert tickets from AEG.
Trutanich also asked the Attorney General to 'investigate' the propriety of DA Steve Cooley's video endorsement of Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Trutanich seems to be implying that it was improper for Cooley to be filmed in his office endorsing Lacey, however, Trutanich cannot cite any relevant law prohibiting that activity.
Readers will recall that Trutanich was forced to remove a portion of his DA campaign video which featured Sheriff Lee Baca giving an impassioned endorsement to the former slip-and-fall lawyer when it was found that Baca and Trutanich had violated a state election law prohibiting law enforcement officials from making political endorsements in uniform.
In calling for the 'probe' Trutanich will likely re-kindle complaints that he violated City Ethics laws by using city equipment and personnel in the filming of his DA campaign video, as well as using city equipment and personnel in the conduct of his campaign.
Trutanich's late call for a 'probe' into records discovered missing four years ago, as well as his unsupported allegations surrounding Cooley's endorsement of Jackie Lacey, will likely be seen for what they truly are; very desperate and very irrelevant to the real issue, which is Trutanich's utter unfitness for holding public office based on his abusive use of prosecutorial power and his lies about being a victim of violent crime.
The primary election is three weeks away, and Trutanich is understood to be facing the very real prospect of a humiliating drubbing at the polls on June 5, and perhaps not even securing a place in the November run-off election.