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Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: from suspect to potential presidential candidate in one news cycle


Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (C) leaves the Criminal Courts Building of New York with his wife Anne Sinclair. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)
The New York Times dropped a bomb Thursday night with a report that the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn could be falling apart. Strauss-Kahn, who has been under house arrest since his arrest in May for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid, could seek a reduced bail and a dismissal to his home arrest.

Two anonymous sources told the New York Times law enforcement officials found inconsistencies in the housekeeper’s story and that she possibly had links to people involved in criminal activities.

The new information could poke enough holes in the case to allow Strauss-Kahn to walk away from the charges all together, despite allarent evidence that there was a sexual encounter.

The article has reinvigorated talk of Strauss-Kahn’s presidential hopes. Before his arrest, he was widely seen as the best opponent to French president Nicolas Sarkozy in the fall elections.

A French Socialist policitican Michele Sabban said the political calendar should be put on hold if Strauss-Kahn is exonorated, so as to give him the opportunity to declare his candidacy after the deadline date of July 13.

Another politician, cheif of the Socialist Party, Martine Aubry has already declared her intention to seek the presidency and there are rumors she could possible run on a joint ticket with Strauss-Kahn. She told the Associated Press the news that the case stood on shaky ground brought her “immense joy.”

It likely has not brought immense joy to District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Maggie Haberman, a reporter for Politico, noted on Twitter that the case falling apart could be a major black eye for the newly installed Vance. Haberman also points out that, in what could be a conincidence, the same day the court case began to unravel, a memo circulated announcing that Lisa Friel, the head of the district attorney’s sex crimes unit, would be stepping down after a decade on the job.

As for the vicitm, her attorney Kenneth P. Thompson sent an email message to the New York Times. It had no denial of the allegations:

“Nothing changes one very important fact, namely, that Dominique Strauss-Kahn violently sexually assaulted the victim inside of that hotel room at the Sofitel,” he said.

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