Imagine one day that the federal government appoints an investigator into whether or not you diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to close friends of yours in lobbying and polling firms over the 13 years you were in government.
When the fourth estate comes a calling, the prefered response is "I have not and never would be involved in such a thing."
Not "er, ah, well . . . the federal investigator is a separatist!"
Way to maintain culpability, gang.
Too late now, but try to remember it for next time . . .