Edtstadler dismissed the fact that the ÖVP was just starting at a point in time when the finance minister, Gernot Blümel, came into the focus of the corruption hunters as just as insignificant as the fact that the ÖVP would like to appoint a federal prosecutor right now. Before that, she had refused for decades. “Until recently, I didn’t think it was necessary,” said Edtstadler. This has nothing to do with the fact that the Ministry of Justice is no longer managed by the ÖVP.
The minister called the allegations against Gernot Blümel “completely out of thin air”. She also questioned the proportionality of the action against Blümel. A house search is the sharpest means, there would have been milder ones.