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Frist Disbands Senate Intel Committee Over Memogate
NewsMax ^ | 11/8/03 | Limbacher

Posted on 11/08/2003 8:29:55 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has temporarily disbanded the Senate Intelligence Committee until committee Democrats reveal the identity of the author of a memo outlining a their plan to politicize intelligence data in a bid undermine President Bush's reelection.

"The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has been harmed by a blatant partisan attack," the Tennessee Republican said in a floor speech yesterday, concluding that the memo had rendered the committee "incapable of meeting its responsibilities to the United States Senate and to the American people."

"Those responsible for this memo appear to be more focused on winning the White House than they are on winning the war against terror," Frist complained before adding, "There will be no more pulling along and no more useful collaboration on partisan schemes."

Committee Chairman Pat Roberts echoed Frist's decision to shut his committee down, saying, "Unless and until this reprehensible attack plan and strategy to derail the committee's important work is properly addressed, I am afraid that it will be impossible to return to business as usual in the committee."

A committee meeting scheduled for yesterday was canceled, and none has been scheduled for next week, a senior committee staff member told the Washington Post.

Frist also demanded that Democrats implicated in the Memogate scandal deliver "a personal apology" to Sen. Roberts.

Though retiring Georgia Democratic Sen. Zell Miller has called the memo, first leaked to radio host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, "perhaps treasonous," other Democrats circled the wagons on Friday.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document.



TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2004memo; catholiclist; frist; intelcommittee; memogate; senate
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1 posted on 11/08/2003 8:29:55 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Frist has a SPINE!!!

WHO KNEW?????
2 posted on 11/08/2003 8:31:46 AM PST by walden
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Time for the Senate Republicans to cross the Rubicon and go to DefCon 1.
3 posted on 11/08/2003 8:32:14 AM PST by You Dirty Rats
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document.

Typical 'Rat mentality.

I wish this turd was not from my state.

LVM

4 posted on 11/08/2003 8:33:00 AM PST by LasVegasMac (Thunder was his engine and White Lightning was his load....)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Give the demonrats HELL, Bill!
5 posted on 11/08/2003 8:35:24 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Freedom isn't Free - Support the Troops & Vets!!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has temporarily disbanded the Senate Intelligence Committee until committee Democrats reveal the identity of the author of a memo outlining a their plan to politicize intelligence data in a bid undermine President Bush's reelection.

Bully! That's what we want to here!


6 posted on 11/08/2003 8:35:38 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("We happy because when we switch on the TV you never see Saddam Hussein. That's a big happy.")
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To: walden
here it is blow by blow as it happened and spine ?
how about blue twisted steel spines

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1016997/posts

starts about post 50
7 posted on 11/08/2003 8:36:02 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I wake up to some decent news.

It's long past due for the Republicans to take the gloves off. "Turning the other cheek" and "taking the high road" allows the scum to proliferate.
8 posted on 11/08/2003 8:36:09 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered )
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
There is no backing down on this one, Senator Frist.
9 posted on 11/08/2003 8:36:57 AM PST by niteowl77 (If you haven't prayed for our troops, please start; if you stopped, then do some catching up.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
About time. Now, we need to keep their feet to the fire.
10 posted on 11/08/2003 8:37:23 AM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: LasVegasMac
It's the cops' fault! Everything would have been fine had I not been caught!

Reid's an idiot. That's redundant, though, because he's a Democrap, too.

11 posted on 11/08/2003 8:39:05 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("We happy because when we switch on the TV you never see Saddam Hussein. That's a big happy.")
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document.

I remember Reid's outrage when dems 'undeleted' personal letters from a disk submitted by a Whitewater witness. Or when the Dems pilfered a Pub Powerpoint presentation, or when Dems secretly videotaped a private meeting in Utah, or stole a briefcase of campaign material in Texas, or when Dems secretly taped and leaked a private conversation by Newt, or..

< /sarcasm >

12 posted on 11/08/2003 8:39:09 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Bill Frist shows some cojones, for once.

Kudos Senator!

13 posted on 11/08/2003 8:39:50 AM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection; All
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1017417/posts
NEW BLOG! MEMOgate: democrat party treason
11.08.03 | Mia T


 
 
MemoGate- sedition, slander-- or something worse?
Various FR links | 11-06-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

14 posted on 11/08/2003 8:40:11 AM PST by backhoe (Memogate- the story lives on...)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
What the...???? Ok, who smuggled a Porta-spine into the Senate for Frist to use? Huh? Come on, 'fess up...
15 posted on 11/08/2003 8:40:21 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks (What if we see sailfish... jumping... and flying across the magnificent orb of a setting sun?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document.

Oh yeah.
Treason, and placing politics over soldiers' lives is no worse than stealing a piece of paper revealing the treason.

Right.

Would this MENSA candidate care to expand on that remark?

16 posted on 11/08/2003 8:40:37 AM PST by Publius6961 (40% of Californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Forget the personal apology to Roberts, this isn't personal - it is TREASON against America.
17 posted on 11/08/2003 8:43:07 AM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
First time I've heard Frist has a set of nads. Thought he was cut from the same cloth as Lott. A male cheerleader.
18 posted on 11/08/2003 8:43:09 AM PST by Joe Boucher
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To: walden
HALLAFREAKINLULA!! I've been following national politics very closely for 10 years now and this is the first indication whatsoever I've seen of any backbone from the pubbie Senate leadership. Where has Frist been for the last year is another discussion. Had he started out this way after Trent loser was removed, maybe we'd have some judges by now.
19 posted on 11/08/2003 8:43:16 AM PST by wny
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To: edskid
There is no backing down on this one, Senator Frist.

Oh ye of little faith. Remember, the Pubbie have a great skill at pulling defeat out of the jaws of victory.

See, there is hope -- [lol]
20 posted on 11/08/2003 8:46:07 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"Those responsible for this memo appear to be more focused on winning the White House than they are on winning the war against terror," Frist complained before adding, "There will be no more pulling along and no more useful collaboration on partisan schemes."

Holy crap batman! We have LEADERSHIP in the Senate!

21 posted on 11/08/2003 8:46:08 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: edskid
The Sunday talk soup should be comical, as the demonrats try to sell their 'it's a breach of confidentiality and security to share with the press a memo written by a committee member'. The level of whine and smirk will be astonishing to behold! Sadly, the democrat's partisan votership will look only to the diversion and ignore the heinous anti-american sedition of the intended memo purpose. Rock 'a' feller is a sneaky, partisna traitor tot his nation and his actions along with his party's efforts to subvert the Senate and intel data is a real threat to lives of our SOLDIERS in the fild fighting a damn war to protect this nation. I find the sedition of the democrat party leadership to be at the 'intolerable' level. Will a majority of voting Americans see them in the same light?... Only if we who comprehend the treachery will prevent the sleaxzy democrats from succeeding in spinning their sedition into victimhood! Let's make some noise! Bury these treasonous bastards now, while their necks are exposed.
22 posted on 11/08/2003 8:48:11 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Heh heh heh! The Dems put themselves on the hot seat with this memo, and now Frist is putting the burner on high. How sweet it is!
23 posted on 11/08/2003 8:48:17 AM PST by Clara Lou
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To: backhoe
Ooo, I like Mia's S.C.U.M. characterization! Just wish there were a way to work the meaning of sedition in there (as in Seditious Clinton Undermining Machine).
24 posted on 11/08/2003 8:51:18 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN
I think you have described Rockerfeller perfectly:

THE LITTLE SNEAK

25 posted on 11/08/2003 8:52:56 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
First word that popped into my head was

DAMN

26 posted on 11/08/2003 8:53:04 AM PST by pctech
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To: TC Rider
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document.

In other words -- "How dare you tell everyone what we really think."

27 posted on 11/08/2003 8:54:42 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Good!

Except for one thing, an apology is just not enough. I want those responsible for this plot to resign, nothing less will do.

These selfish traitors are out to undermine the security of this country in order to regain their power instead of protecting this country. I want these b*st*rds out of the Intelligence Commity.

28 posted on 11/08/2003 8:55:21 AM PST by quesera (Scr*w the RATS, the U.N., and the French!)
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To: MHGinTN
S.C.U.M - Seditious Communist Unamerican Movement
29 posted on 11/08/2003 8:55:57 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks (What if we see sailfish... jumping... and flying across the magnificent orb of a setting sun?)
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To: wny
I've been following national politics very closely for 10 years now and this is the first indication whatsoever I've seen of any backbone from the pubbie Senate leadership. Where has Frist been for the last year is another discussion. Had he started out this way after Trent loser was removed, maybe we'd have some judges by now.

Yep, you're right.
30 posted on 11/08/2003 8:58:03 AM PST by demkicker
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Note to Rats.
Cock hammer.
Pull trigger.
Shoot foot.

My, my, looks like the investigation is put on hold, imagine that.
31 posted on 11/08/2003 8:58:23 AM PST by tet68 (Patrick Henry ......."Who fears the wrath of cowards?")
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has temporarily disbanded the Senate Intelligence Committee

Holy smokes! (no offense intended to any New York lawmakers). He should also have Traitor John Rockefeller removed from it when he has it un-disbanded (is that a word? no? how about rebanded then? just plain banded? oh forget it)

32 posted on 11/08/2003 8:58:36 AM PST by BSunday (I'm not the bad guy)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
It certainly shows the democraps to be a bunch of political whores.
33 posted on 11/08/2003 9:00:28 AM PST by punster
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To: Chad Fairbanks; bmwcyle
This graphic is courtesy of bmwcyle.

;-)

34 posted on 11/08/2003 9:00:55 AM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: MHGinTN
I can't wait for the Sunday political shows. The networks have squelched this story or given it minimal coverage. Now they have no choice but to give it air time and you know it just kills them.
35 posted on 11/08/2003 9:01:33 AM PST by demkicker
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To: MHGinTN
Hummm... see my tagline....
36 posted on 11/08/2003 9:01:49 AM PST by backhoe (S.C.U.M-- Seditious Clinton Undermining Machine)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
BUMP!
37 posted on 11/08/2003 9:02:24 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
we need to keep their feet to the fire.

That's the ticket all right. This is an issue the Dems are having a hard time spinning. Right now, any way they turn, they hit a brick wall. Consequently, they have employed the turtle defense, withdrawn into the shell, and are hunkered down for this to blow over.

With the committee shut down, at some point cbsnbcabcnytimeswashpost will have to report the story. (In fact, the compost has already had a small story).

They will try to spin it as Republican obstructionism, but that ain't gonna work. The 'Pubs can just keep the committee shut til the story has to break. (This may take two weeks, but it has to happen.) Then the Dems catch Hell.

So far, the Dems have totally mishandled this issue. They could have squirmed out on the second day with a mea culpa because the 'Pubs were wishy-washy. They missed the chance and have let the public outcry wash over them, giving the 'Pubs some spine.

Why have the Dems misplayed this so badly? It could be because the Memo goes straight back to HRC, and she has forbade Rockefeller from serving up her hack who wrote the Memo in the first place. Just maybe.

38 posted on 11/08/2003 9:04:29 AM PST by San Jacinto
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To: MHGinTN
The Sunday talk soup

I haven't heard the rest of the lineups, but Tony Snow last night announced that he is going to have Levin and Roberts on.

39 posted on 11/08/2003 9:04:50 AM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
It's abouty time!

I was amazed that the toughest Republican on this issue was my Senator, Zell Miller(d).

Senator Kyl said on Hannity's radio show yesterday that the Senators were all being inundaded with faxes, calls and email. He Got IT. It sounds like others are getting it now.

Great news!
40 posted on 11/08/2003 9:05:41 AM PST by Republican Red (Karmic hugs welcomed!)
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To: Enterprise
We can enjoy this for a few days. By this time next week, I'll bet Frist and his boys are back to their same old doormat-selves.
41 posted on 11/08/2003 9:06:02 AM PST by wny
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Now, now. Not all democrats are idiots. Some of them are morons.
42 posted on 11/08/2003 9:06:47 AM PST by wny
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
BUMP!

That's right. And you can keep their feet to the fire Here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1015696/posts

BTW: I like the Reid analogy: Blame the cop for catching me!
43 posted on 11/08/2003 9:07:18 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: TC Rider
Good point!
44 posted on 11/08/2003 9:07:53 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Who dunnit ??

MEMBERSHIP

REPUBLICANS

Pat Roberts, Kansas
Chairman
Orrin G. Hatch, Utah
Mike Dewine, Ohio
Christopher S. Bond, Missouri
Trent Lott, Mississippi
Olympia J. Snowe, Maine
Chuck Hagel, Nebraska
Saxby Chambliss, Georgia
John W. Warner, Virginia



MEMBERSHIP

DEMOCRATS

John D. Rockefeller IV
West Virginia, Vice Chairman
Carl Levin ,Michigan
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John Edwards, North Carolina
Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland


45 posted on 11/08/2003 9:08:11 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document.

Yeah, and someone "pilfered" information on watergate back in the day...

46 posted on 11/08/2003 9:10:19 AM PST by meyer
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To: harpu
for later...
47 posted on 11/08/2003 9:10:34 AM PST by harpu
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To: jmstein7; holdonnow; Sean Hannity
Who'd have thunk it.

Now all we need is for the Rats to try and subpoena Hannity.

Sean will be represented by FreeRepublic's favorite attorney (well, next to Congressman Billybob and FR's patron saint, the late Barbara Jane Olson (BJO)), Mark Levin, Esq. (Holdonnow)

Levin is practically begging Rockefeller to subpeona Sean. I see Levin contemplating a civil suit; one that would require depostions from non-covered Dem staffers.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

48 posted on 11/08/2003 9:10:49 AM PST by section9 (Major Kusanagi says, "Click on my pic and read my blog, or eat lead!")
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Charles Kruthammer (sp?) is on FoxNews with Tony Snow live. He is saying the memo is a bigger deal than being reported and that much of the major media is suppressing/trying to suppresss it.
49 posted on 11/08/2003 9:11:22 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: wny; Tumbleweed_Connection; backhoe
Charles Krauthammer is on Fex News saying that this is a BIG STORY being supressed by the mainstream media and calling for an investigation!!!
50 posted on 11/08/2003 9:11:54 AM PST by jmstein7
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