Category Archives: US Attorneys

Harriet rats out Rove?

Oh my…this is juicy. From McClatchy:

Karl Rove and other top officials in the George W. Bush White House were deeply involved in pushing for the ouster of several U.S. attorneys, notably including one in New Mexico, according to testimony and e-mails that the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee released Tuesday.

Sworn testimony from former White House Counsel Harriet Miers revealed that Rove considered former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias of New Mexico a “serious problem” and “wanted something done about it” because of complaints about politically sensitive investigations that Iglesias had mounted. Miers said that she couldn’t recall whether Rove specifically demanded Iglesias’ firing during a 2006 conversation, but Iglesias was fired later that year.

Harriet’s statements directly contradict Rover’s. Again from McClatchy:

In sworn closed-door testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in July, Rove continued to distance himself from the decision to push out certain prosecutors. He recalled a proposal to fire some or all of them in late 2004, but denied that he’d come up with a plan to have it done and rejected the suggestion that he had a direct role.

“My view was this is a decision that had to be made at the Justice Department,” Rove said, according to a transcript of his sworn testimony.

Rover is so full of shit, his eyes better be brown. We can now read the transcript of Rover’s sworn testimony with the House Judiciary Committee here and here(pdf). You can also read the emails frm the White House and the RNC about firing the USA’s at the McClatchy link at the top of this post.

I will be reading the transcripts and emails for the next couple of days..whilst my friggin tv is being shipped to Chino for a replacement tv.

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Rove deposed by congress critters today.


From RawStory:

Judiciary Chairman won’t comment on what was asked, said

Former Bush White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was deposed by lawyers for the House Judiciary Committee, Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) said in an interview Tuesday.

Rove’s deposition took place over a period of some eight and a half hours, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 6:30 p.m, ET — and the lawyers took several breaks, Conyers said.

Conyers wouldn’t say what Rove told investigators or whether Rove would appear before his committee again.

Oh…to have been a fly on that wall today.

Rove and Miers to testify before Conyers.


But…..

It will not be public nor will it be under oath.

WTF?

There will be a transcript however. Jonathan Turley is waxing poetic on this new development on Countdown. Video when available. From the link:

The agreement calls for Rove and Miers, Bush’s top political adviser and White House counsel, to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in closed depositions “under the penalty for perjury,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich. The committee says it also might call the two for public testimony.

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I want to see Karl in prison orange…in the worst possible way.

To hope, to dream…


Dreams of an Alberto Gonzales, rotting in a prison cell.

Ok, at least squirming on the stand, on trial for breaking the law…any law will do for me when it comes to this fuckwit extraordinaire.

Rachel gives us the latest on Berto.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/28042262#28042262

Photo courtesy of Kvatch.

BushCo’s Monica..


The report (pdf) on how Monica Goodling and John Nowacki politicized the US Attorneys Office is out. Thanks to TPM Muckraker for the link to the actual report, which is over 140 pages. TPM also took the time to scour through the report for the ‘evidence’. The following is from the TPM writeup:

The OIG report released today on the politicized hiring at the Justice Department, details a number of the candidates that were de-selected for positions under Monica Goodling’s watch. One of them, was an “experienced terrorism prosecutor. . [who] had successfully prosecuted a high-profile terrorism case for which he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.”

Unfortunately for him, he had a wife who was a Democrat.

In the report, page 30 (page 25 on the actual report) starts the Evidence and Analysis portion of the report. This one line about Goodling’s testimony in front of the Congress critters last year kinda jumped right out at me:

We believe that several of Goodling’s assertions in this written statement were inaccurate.

No shit Sherlock..what was your first clue? Back to the reports findings:

Based on our investigation, we concluded that Goodling and Nowacki improperly used political or ideological affiliations when assessing waiver requests from interim U.S. Attorneys in at least three cases, which violated Department policy and federal law, and also constituted misconduct.

The most troubling case involved a request from Washington, D.C. interim U.S. Attorney Taylor. Goodling did not initially approve the waiver request. When Taylor called Goodling about the pending request, she told him that the candidate gave her pause because, judging from his résumé, he appeared to be a “liberal Democrat.” Goodling also mentioned that because Republicans had lost control of Congress after the November 2006 elections, she expected that Republican congressional staff might apply to the USAO in Washington. Taylor rightfully responded that these were impermissible considerations and that U.S. Attorneys will lose credibility if they are perceived to make politicized hiring decisions.

Yet, even after this discussion, Goodling did not initially approve the waiver request. Only after Taylor complained to OAG Chief of Staff Sampson, who directed Goodling to approve the request, did Goodling send an e-mail approving the waiver.

There is more, but I don’t want to wear out your eyeballs so early in the week m’dear reader..check it out if your interested. I just want Monica and her pal Nowacki, who also went to the same religious law school as Monica, to be charged with crimes. All these fucktards can’t get away with politicizing our highest judical office..or can they?