Anti-gay pastor Hutch in hot water – FBI complaint filed over claim he's a 'special envoy'
And he’s hopping mad at the White House too, since they are all running for cover, denying Ken Hutcherson’s assertion that the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives anointed him “Special Envoy for Adoptions, Family Values, Religious Freedom, and Medical Relief.” He used that to go over to Latvia to promote “marriage protection.”
Hutch, who stands in the pulpit Antioch Bible Church outside of Seattle, is now the subject of an FBI complaint filed by Dave Coffman, a gay attorney in Seattle, who charges that Hutch has violated a federal law with his claim of agency to speak on behalf of U.S. policy. Eli Sanders, of The Stranger’s blog, Slog, which broke this big:
I just spoke with Special Agent Fred Gutt of the Seattle FBI office. He said his office doesn’t comment on complaints unless they result in criminal charges. However, he spoke with me about section 912 of the federal criminal code:
“There are various federal laws regarding false impersonations that we do investigate, 912 being one of them,” Gutt told me. “That certainly would fall under our purview? This statute, if someone decided to represent themselves as a representative of the White House, could be pertinent.”
What is 912? Here you go:
Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Hutch has offered up his first bit of evidence, an audio file of his visit in Latvia where he states that he has “the power and the commission” to address certain questions in the country.
Hutcherson photo art via Mike Tidmus.
The audio is vague, but he’s promising video proof that he had the approval of the White House.
This is just more of the history of lying liars in the Bush White House. They either have to let Hutch hang out to dry as an impersonator breaking fed law, or come clean and say that they did in fact give Hutcherson the title and the power to go over and promote bigotry abroad in the name of the U.S. government. Hutch also posed for photos with Latvian Pastor Alexei Ledyaev and Jay Hein, Director of the Faith Based and Community Initiatives Department of the White House.
What do you think they’re going to do to their bible-beating, anti-gay friend? Toss him overboard?