Must Reads: Armstrong confesses, Justice Department recommends joining suit
Armstrong may testify against UCI, U.S. Postal officials — The New York Times
It appears as though Lance Armstrong is considering a scorched earth approach to his reported confession to Oprah Winfrey on Monday, as The New York Times reported Monday night that he was entertaining the idea of testifying against UCI officials and U.S. Postal Service team owners.
“Armstrong, 41, is planning to testify against officials from the International Cycling Union, the worldwide governing body of cycling, regarding their involvement with doping in cycling, but he will not testify against other riders, according to those people familiar with his plans,” writes Juliet Macur. “He is also in discussions with the United States Department of Justice to possibly testify in a federal whistleblower case against several team owners, including the investment banker Thom Weisel, and other team officials of the cycling squad that was sponsored by the United States Postal Service team in the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s, one person close to the situation said. That person did not want his name published because the case is still open.”
Armstrong negotiating suit with feds — The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday night that Lance Armstrong’s legal team was negotiating a settlement of a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former teammate Floyd Landis. The lawsuit, which Landis has not publicly confirmed, centers around the U.S Postal Service team’s doping activities while backed by the taxpayer-funded government agency. The Justice Department reportedly had until Thursday to join the suit against co-defendants Armstrong, Thomas Wiesel and Johan Bruyneel.
“Under the False Claims Act, if Armstrong and others are found to have violated the act, they could be on the hook for triple the amount of the total paid under the contract. That could mean damages of roughly $100 million,” writes Reed Albergotti. “Recently, Armstrong’s legal team has been in negotiations with the Justice Department in an attempt to settle the suit, according to a person familiar with the matter.”
Armstrong may return some taxpayer money team received — CBS News/AP
The Justice Department has recommended that the U.S. government join a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Floyd Landis, CBS News reported Monday night.
“Senior Justice Department officials have recommended that the government join a lawsuit filed by one of Armstrong’s former teammates that accuses the disgraced cyclist of defrauding the federal government. Armstrong’s U.S. Postal sponsorship prohibited illegal doping,” reports CBS. “CBS News has also learned Armstrong has indicated he may be willing to testify against others involved in illegal doping.”
Armstrong confesses to Winfrey — AP
The Associated Press on Monday night reported that Lance Armstrong had confessed to doping in an interview taped with Oprah Winfrey earlier in the day. The report cites an unnamed source close to the situation.