Sununu questioned the timing, which came only days after saying he may consider running for governor or Congress next year.
“It’s a closed matter,” he said.
Sullivan sentenced McDougall, a former Budget Committee and Zoning Board of Adjustment member, to two days in jail for interfering with paramedics trying to take his wife to the hospital after she called 911.
Sununu, who grew up in Salem and now lives in Newfields, was shocked after learning Sullivan felt he was being pressured. Sununu said he didn’t realize it was against the law to send the letter to the judge. McDougall and his lawyer, Neil Reardon, asked him to write the letter.
Sununu has said he met McDougall at a political event a few years ago and the two became friends. In the letter, Sununu praised McDougall for his commitment to Salem boards and the Republican Party.
The Salem Police Department, which prosecuted the case, felt obligated to forward a copy of the letter, court transcripts and other information to the attorney general’s office for its review, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.
Under New Hampshire law, RSA 640:3 (b), anyone convicted of improperly influencing a public servant such as a judge is guilty of a Class B felony, which is punishable by three and half to seven years in state prison.