News Rove Invoved In Firing Of Attorneys General

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"At the end of the day, I know what I did. And I know that the motivations for the decisions I made were not based on improper reasons. "

ALBERTO GONZALES
the U.S. Attorney General defending his actions in firing eight U.S. attorneys but acknowledging confusion about the role he played.
from http://www.time.com/time/quotes - Friday, March 30, 2007.

Gonzales seems a bit confused about truth and other matters.
 

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How can Gonzales claim no knowledge of the specifics of the firings, yet assert that the specific judges fired were not chosen for political reasons? Does he not see the logical contradiction there?

But then, if "I wasn't involved in any discussions" is logically consistent with "he was involved in a few discussions", then this really must be a different system of logic than I'm used to.
 

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It's called BushLogic. :biggrin:
 

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This morning on MTP, Leahy mentions how the provision in the Patriot Act that allowed Bush to appoint attorneys without Congressional approval, was tagged on at the last minute - I think he even says that it was snuck in. He then keeps coming back to the Patriot Act. It almost sounds like he's arguing that there was a willful deception - on the part of the Administration - that was intended to subvert the Constitution.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10386260/
 

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...We do not need more evidence, however, to reach a conclusion about the suitability of Alberto Gonzales for the leadership of the Department of Justice. While we defended him from some of the outlandish charges made during his confirmation hearings, we have never seen evidence that he has a fine legal mind, good judgment, or managerial ability. Nor has his conduct at any stage of this controversy gained our confidence.

His claim not to have been involved in the firings suggests that he was either deceptive or inexcusably detached from the operations of his own department [continued]
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NTNjY2U3Yjk0NTRmNTcyNjg1M2EwM2FlNTA0OTYyMzU= [Broken]

I find it funny that my old long lost friends, the real Conservatives, and siding with my newest friends, the liberals.

The French translation of neo-con is correct.
 
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This morning on MTP, Leahy mentions how the provision in the Patriot Act that allowed Bush to appoint attorneys without Congressional approval, was tagged on at the last minute - I think he even says that it was snuck in. He then keeps coming back to the Patriot Act. It almost sounds like he's arguing that there was a willful deception - on the part of the Administration - that was intended to subvert the Constitution.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10386260/
Hey Ivan the real story is even better than that.

The provision was put into the patriot act at the last moment by request of the Justice department by a member of Specter's staff. According to Specter, it was done without his knowledge.

Guess who he is?

Brett Tollman, one of the new US attorneys appointed under the provision he put into the patriot act.

This is potentially a crime against the constitution. I will wait for the investigation, (gotta love that subpoena power) and if the executive branch has sereptitiously violated the separation of powers by inserting or altering legislation it is a high crime and impeachable offense IMO.

I am somewhat aghast at the politica nature of everything that Bush does. I was so reieved to see the SC rule against him today.

If they have the judiciary things could get very ugly in the coming months.

Here is a good starting place if anyone is interested in pursuing this.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/3/18/211857/323
 

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WASHINGTON -- A top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales abruptly quit Friday, almost two weeks after telling Congress she would not testify about her role in the firings of federal prosecutors.

Monica M. Goodling, the Justice Department's liaison to the White House, gave no reason for her resignation. Since she was at the center of the firings, Goodling's refusal to testify has intensified questions about whether the U.S. attorney dismissals were proper and heightened the furor that threatens Gonzales' own job. [continued]
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wire/ats-ap_top13apr06,0,6084833.story?coll=la-ap-topnews-headlines [Broken]

This just keeps getting more interesting.
 
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Gonzales Adviser Goodling Gives Up Her Post
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9443741

Goodling found herself at the center of a battle with Congress over her refusal to testify about the firings. Since the scandal broke, she has been on a leave of absence from the Justice Department. The resignation simply formalizes what many people had assumed — that Goodling will not return to her job as liaison to the White House.

Congress has pushed hard for her to testify about the firings. Democrats had pointedly asked Gonzales how a Justice Department staffer could refuse to testify as part of an investigation in which the Justice Department has pledged to cooperate.

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Goodling is the second senior Gonzales aide to resign in the wake of the furor over the attorney firings. The first was Kyle Sampson, who was Gonzales' former chief of staff. Sampson testified before Congress last week, contradicting some of his former boss's statements on the firings.

Goodling's testimony was sought because she was in a unique position to know how significant a role the White House played in orchestrating the firings and what the attorney general knew about the White House's role. She began her leave of absence when the scandal broke.
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Interesting. I wonder when she will testify.
 

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Gingrich Suggests Gonzales Should Resign
Former House Speaker Slams Attorney General Over Firings
By HOPE YEN
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WASHINGTON (April 8) - Joining a growing list of Republicans, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should consider resigning. The possible presidential candidate said the botched firing of U.S. attorneys has destroyed Gonzales' credibility as the nation's top law enforcer.

"I think the country, in fact, would be much better served to have a new team at the Justice Department, across the board," Gingrich said. "I cannot imagine how he is going to be effective for the rest of this administration. ... They're going to be involved in endless hearings."

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who is helping lead the investigation into the firing of eight federal prosecutors, said Gingrich's comments pointed to building bipartisan support for a new attorney general.

"This is another important voice who believes that the attorney general should step down for the good of the country and the good of the department," Schumer said in a statement. "We hope both the attorney general and the president heed Speaker Gingrich's message."
. . . . continued
Well? Perhaps by Friday?
 

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Another Layer of Scandal
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/09/opinion/09mon1.html

As Congress investigates the politicization of the United States attorney offices by the Bush administration, it should review the extraordinary events the other day in a federal courtroom in Wisconsin. The case involved Georgia Thompson, a state employee sent to prison on the flimsiest of corruption charges just as her boss, a Democrat, was fighting off a Republican challenger. It just might shed some light on a question that lurks behind the firing of eight top federal prosecutors: what did the surviving attorneys do to escape the axe?

Ms. Thompson, a purchasing official in the state’s Department of Administration, was accused by the United States attorney in Milwaukee, Steven Biskupic, of awarding a travel contract to a company whose chief executive contributed to the campaign of Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. Ms. Thompson said the decision was made on the merits, but she was convicted and sent to prison before she could appeal.

The prosecution was a boon to Mr. Doyle’s opponent. Republicans ran a barrage of attack ads that purported to tie Ms. Thompson’s “corruption” to Mr. Doyle. Ms. Thompson was sentenced shortly before the election, which Governor Doyle won.

The Chicago-based United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit seemed shocked by the injustice of her conviction. It took the extraordinary step of releasing Ms. Thompson from prison immediately after hearing arguments, without waiting to issue a ruling. One of the judges hinted that Ms. Thompson may have been railroaded. “It strikes me that your evidence is beyond thin,” Judge Diane Wood told the lawyer from Mr. Biskupic’s office.
Who would have thought that such a thing would happen in the US in this day and age?
 

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House panel subpoenas Gonzales documents
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070410/ap_on_go_co/fired_prosecutors [Broken]

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed new documents Tuesday from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as part of its investigation into the firings of federal prosecutors, with the panel chairman saying he had run out of patience.

We have been patient in allowing the department to work through its concerns regarding the sensitive nature of some of these materials," Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) wrote Gonzales in a letter accompanying the subpoena. "Unfortunately, the department has not indicated any meaningful willingness to find a way to meet our legitimate needs.,"

"At this point further delay in receiving these materials will not serve any constructive purpose," Conyers said. He characterized the subpoena as a last resort after weeks of negotiations with Justice over documents and e-mails the committee wants.
The pressure is building.
 
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This has ROVE written all over it. He was the guy in charge of getting republicans elected. This incident and similar incidents are typical of the current administration.
Would Rove and the DOJ arrange to have an innocent woman sent to prison with no chance for an appeal right before an election, just to embarrass the Democratic governor and smear his administration? Sounds about right. Now why isn't this situation the lead on the nightly news? Oh, that "liberal media" doesn't want to touch it. :grumpy:
 
:bugeye: Certainly waddles and quacks like the former Orkin man.
 

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White House emails gone missing
Posted by Mark Silva at 10:53 am, updated 3:20 pm CDT

In the congressional investigation of the White House's role in the firing of several federal prosecutors last year, the Justice Department has turned over reams of emails and memos to Congress.

But there may be many more missing emails, it turns out, because many people within the White House have been exchanging emails on a Republican National Committee account using private laptop computers provided by the party for nearly two dozen employees of the president.

The White House maintains that the idea was to keep political business off of government computers. But the record of some public business may have gone missing, the White House acknowledges today. "We screwed up,'' Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino said today, "and we're trying to fix it.''

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, for one, isn't buying it. "That's like saying the dog ate my homework,'' Leahy (D-Vt.) said on the Senate floor today, pledging to subpeona records the White House won't produce. "Now we're learning that off-book communications are being used by these people in the White House by using Republican political email addresses, and they say they have not been preserved. I don't believe that! I don't believe that! You can't erase emails, not today.'' [continued with video]
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2007/04/white_house_ema.html

There seems to be no end of interesting stories. I can't wait for Gonzales to appear next week.

Rove's name is on the list of missing emails
 
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Documents Show Justice Ranking U.S. Attorneys
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9575434
All Things Considered, April 13, 2007 · The Justice Department sent Congress a new batch of documents about the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys. The documents show Justice Department and White House staffers planning the firings and trying to control the subsequent fallout.

Some of the newly released documents are repeats, like the letter in which Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, responds to a suggestion from White House counsel Harriet Miers that all 93 U.S. attorneys be fired.

NPR now has new information about that plan. According to someone who's had conversations with White House officials, the plan to fire all 93 U.S. attorneys originated with political adviser Karl Rove. It was seen as a way to get political cover for firing the small number of U.S. attorneys the White House actually wanted to get rid of. Documents show the plan was eventually dismissed as impractical.

The Justice Department documents released today include a spreadsheet ranking all 93 prosecutors. The chart ranks them on whether they have Hill experience, campaign experience, and — in the last column — whether they're members of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group.

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So much for being impartial.
 
That's interesting I remember the tapdance, then Supreme Corte Nominee, Roberts did to distance himself from any association. Seems to have had a convenient case of amnesia--lot of that going around.

From Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Society

The Federalist Society states that it is founded on the principles that "the state exists to preserve freedom," that "the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution," and that the duty of the judicial branch is "to say what the law is, not what the law should be."[1]



Members of the society have debated the abolition of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, limiting the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies, limiting the reach of gender equity laws (Title IX) and voting rights laws, and expanded powers of war-time presidents. The organization also hosts panels discussing recent Supreme Court decisions, the constitutionality of school vouchers, and the scope of the commerce clause.[7] The Federalist Society does not officially lobby and does not litigate cases.
 
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That's interesting I remember the tapdance, then Supreme Corte Nominee, Roberts did to distance himself from any association. Seems to have had a convenient case of amnesia--lot of that going around.

From Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Society

The Federalist Society states that it is founded on the principles that "the state exists to preserve freedom," that "the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution," and that the duty of the judicial branch is "to say what the law is, not what the law should be."[1]



Members of the society have debated the abolition of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, limiting the power of the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies, limiting the reach of gender equity laws (Title IX) and voting rights laws, and expanded powers of war-time presidents. The organization also hosts panels discussing recent Supreme Court decisions, the constitutionality of school vouchers, and the scope of the commerce clause.[7] The Federalist Society does not officially lobby and does not litigate cases.
Interesting!
 

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Senator Christopher Dodd's perspective on the lost emails concerning the firing of Federal prosecutors.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Reports that the White House may have lost e-mails relating to the firing of federal prosecutors is part of a pattern of stonewalling Congress, Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd said Friday.

"I can't even feign being shocked. They would have shocked me if they produced them," the Connecticut senator said of e-mails requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is investigating whether eight U.S. attorneys were dismissed by the Justice Department for political reasons.

. . . .

"There's such a pattern of behavior, this is one example after another of this administration's refusal to support basic law and to respond to legitimate inquires for information," he said.
from http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070414/ap_on_el_pr/on_the2008_trail;_ylt=AmDz.Xp_45E.O7.iP1ANReOtOrgF [Broken]

In the article, Obama compares rappers to Imus.
 
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Monica Gooding, the AG's former top aid and liaison to the White House, resigned last week. She also refused to testify before congress citing her constitutional protection against self incrimination.

Apparently she didn't want to possibly end up in jail with Scooter.

Gooding is one of the 150 graduates of Pat Robertson's, Regent University, who work in the Bush administration. A religious agenda was definitely involved in the firing of some of the State AG's.
 

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Gonzale's testimony is delayed until Thursday due to the tragedy at Va Tech.
 

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...But even conservative Republicans expressed outrage at how Gonzales had handled the issue, putting his continued tenure at risk. Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-Okla.) asked the attorney general, "Why should you not be judged by the same standards you judged these U.S. attorneys?" When Gonzales said, "We all make mistakes" and asked for time to correct his failings, Coburn replied, "Mistakes have consequences."

Disavowing allegations of partisan motive in the firings -- "I know that's the politics of the blood sport that we're playing," he said -- Coburn argued, "The best way to put this behind us is your resignation."

Still, after the testimony, President Bush expressed continued confidence in his attorney general. "President Bush was pleased with the attorney general's testimony today," deputy press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement. "After hours of testimony in which he answered all of the senators' questions and provided thousands of pages of documents, he again showed that nothing improper occurred." [continued]
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-ex-gonzales20apr20,1,5012003.story?coll=la-headlines-politics [Broken]

CNN is just now reporting that in private, even White House aides say that Gonzales "went down in flames".

...that one Senator counted "I don't know" or "I don't recall" as an answer over one-hundred times, in a hearing for which Gonzales has prepared for weeks.

With this much smoke, must be a fire somewhere.
 
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If he doesn't resign or be fired, I imagine that impeachment articles will be brought.
 

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Senators Renew Bipartisan Call for Gonzales to Go
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9515295

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) complained at the hearing's end that they still did not know – after hours of testimony – how the names of the attorneys had ended up on a list of those to be fired. Schumer said he counted close to 100 "I don't knows" or "I don't recalls" in Gonzales' answers.
Sen. Sessions: 'Sad Day' for Gonzales and Agency
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9692298

Inquiry into Fired U.S. Attorneys
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7791372
 
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