Pressures, sms and appointments The silence of the Quirinale in the toga war

A pained, worried, indignant. Those who in recent months have been able to perceive the mood of the President of the Republic for the scandal that shakes the Superior Council of the judiciary have grasped full awareness of the seriousness of the situation. A concern made explicit in June last year, when the explosion of the story led to the resignation of half a CSM. More taciturn now, in front of the interceptions filed by the Prosecutor of Perugia at the end of the investigation against the prosecutor Luca Palamara, leader of Unicost. Interceptions which, together with a universe of mischief and wickedness, call into question the same figure of the head of state, who of the CSM is – according to the Constitution – the president. Now Mattarella is faced with explicit evidence of the malpractice that reigned in the organism he presided over. It matters little that at Mattarella CSM, like his predecessors (except Francesco Cossiga) he rarely goes there: his presence is strong and continuous, thanks to the men of his staff in charge of maintaining relations with the judiciary. However, and now they also appear in the filed interceptions.

They are Gianfranco Astori, Simone Guerrini and above all Stefano Erbani, in fact the spokesman for Mattarella in CSM: it was Erbani, a year ago, who let the top management know that the Quirinale demanded the immediate resignation of its members invested by the scandal. But now Erbani himself is repeatedly indicated in the chats of Palamara, reported in recent days by the Truth, as the dominus of a series of appointments of judicial offices. Mind you: there has always been a kind of appreciation by Colle towards the most important choices, and Giorgio Napolitano repeatedly exercised this unwritten faculty. But in the messages that emerged from Palamara’s phone, the director of Mattarella is being criticized for an oversized intrusiveness: “Erbani cannot rage like this”, his colleague Valerio Fracassi, adviser of the Area’s progressive current, vented with Palamara. And again: «Erbani decides everything», «Erbani is also contacting Fuzio (the pg of the cassation then overwhelmed by the investigation, ed). I think he exaggerates and deserves an answer. ” Fracassi is a swollen river, accuses the Quirinal man of speaking with all the leaders of the currents to influence the appointments and concludes by saying “man is dangerous, trust me!”.

True or not? In theory, Fracassi has no cause for resentment towards Erbani, who belongs to his own current. And so today Mattarella is faced with the difficult choice between defending her spokesperson, claiming his behavior, or unloading him. For now, neither has happened.

And that’s not all. Even before the interception that Erbani called into question, on 5 May il Fatto Quotidiano publishes the dialogues held by Luca Palamara and Gianfranco Astori, also an adviser to the President, who in September 2018 invites him to Colle for a coffee: «We want to do it myself al Q? », understood as Quirinale, asks Astori. The content of the meeting is unknown. But his irritability is evident: at that time Palamara is no longer a member of the CSM (he ceased his appointment with the renewal of a few months earlier), on paper he is any Roman prosecutor, but continues to dictate the law in the nomination market. Is it in this capacity that he is invited to the symbolic palace of the Republic? And Mattarella was aware of it? Certainly in the interceptions Palamara shows an unconditional affection for the head of the state, as when he celebrates with the other of his staff, Guerrini, the rejection of Mattarella’s impeachment asked by the Grllini: “Great President!”.

Now are difficult days, at the Quirinale. In fact, the involution of the CSM, the barbarization of its practices, took place under the chairmanship of Mattarella. It is probable, and indeed certain, that everything happened without his knowledge. But perhaps now the President wonders if his role as guarantor did not involve a more assiduous presence and a more direct control.