Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 451-462 next last
To: Lawgvr1955
This may be Rockefeller's way of getting the VP nod.Dean/Rockefeller.....The Lucky $perm Team.
101 posted on 11/08/2003 10:11:32 AM PST by COUNTrecount
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 99 | View Replies]

To: LasVegasMac
Of course, they had no problem with pilfering and treasonous publication of "The Pentagon Papers". That was OK.
102 posted on 11/08/2003 10:16:59 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: vbmoneyspender
They're trying to equate;
"How'd you catch us?" with We're trying to screw Bush and the United States.

All the Dems on the committe have to go, never to be trusted ever again. The author must resign his seat

103 posted on 11/08/2003 10:19:45 AM PST by chiller (could be wrong, but doubt it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: TomGuy
If the Dims want to have any credibility at all after this, they will propose Zell to take on the vice chairmanship. I doubt he(or the Dims) are interested, but I can dream.
104 posted on 11/08/2003 10:20:13 AM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 59 | View Replies]

To: GreenHornet
I seem to recall a statement from a Republican Senator this week who said there had been a problem with leaks from this committee for a while. I do think we have a traitor on that committee and this memo is only the tip of the iceberg.

Other offenses include an orchestrated plan to mischaracterise the President's statements regarding almost every element of this campaign and as a result giving aid and comfort to the enemy. The Dems have blood on their hands that will never be washed away.

105 posted on 11/08/2003 10:20:28 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 95 | View Replies]

To: abclily
AND Rockefeller didn't mind using our tax money to play games with the security of our military and of our country. He is not fit to receive one more tax penny from us. If Rockefeller had any integrity at all, he would resign from the Senate. He should be forced to return any salary he accepted while serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rockefeller is not a loyal statesman for the U.S. If any of the other Democrats on the committee were complicit in these plans to sabotage the nation, they should resign also.

I totally agree but you must remember that a RAT will NEVER admit to ANY wrongdoing! I want a full scale investigation into who wrote this memo. This TREASONOUS traitor should be punished to the full extent of the law! Rockefeller should resign from the Senate IMMEDIATELY!

106 posted on 11/08/2003 10:20:51 AM PST by teletech (Have we dug up Saddam yet?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 84 | View Replies]

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.

Yes. I gave up listening to that insipid bobble-headed Lott babbling on about "my esteemend friend and colleage..." nonsense each time the Dims b*tch-slapped the hapless Republicans.

107 posted on 11/08/2003 10:22:58 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Lott babbling Hmm, perhaps requesting an apology may even be more forceful that Lott's "we're going to get to the bottom of this."
108 posted on 11/08/2003 10:25:54 AM PST by cornelis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 107 | View Replies]

To: JoJo Gunn
"Turning the other cheek" and "taking the high road" allows the scum to proliferate.

Big Bump to that.

109 posted on 11/08/2003 10:26:14 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: spokeshave
Sounds like day one of a 365 rolling thunder to bury the rats....this time next year..

Better late than never,,,,but better never late.

I hope you're right. I just wonder about the country's political attention span. Will any of this stick with the average voter for a year?

110 posted on 11/08/2003 10:26:21 AM PST by teletech (Have we dug up Saddam yet?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 87 | View Replies]

To: Clara Lou
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!

This is certainly going to be spiked by the media...

111 posted on 11/08/2003 10:26:41 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: walden
"Frist has a SPINE!!!

WHO KNEW?????"

Don't get too excited -- it's probably only a strap-on.

112 posted on 11/08/2003 10:29:30 AM PST by F16Fighter (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN: Lying Neworks that promote LIES.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

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...

Duh.....gee Frist, what was your first clue? This here memo? You knew nothin' about the underhandedness of the Dem RATS until now?

Someone send this guy a free subscription to FreeRepublic.

113 posted on 11/08/2003 10:31:02 AM PST by HighWheeler (Do not remove this tagline under penalty of law.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: San Jacinto
MEMBERSHIP

DEMOCRATS

John D. Rockefeller IV
West Virginia, Vice Chairman
Carl Levin ,Michigan
Dianne Feinstein, California
Ron Wyden, Oregon
Richard J. Durbin, Illinois
Evan Bayh, Indiana
John Edwards, North Carolina
Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland


"SHADOW" MEMBERSHIP

GRIFTERS

Hitlery R. Clinton, New York
114 posted on 11/08/2003 10:33:36 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]

To: section9
Who'd have thunk it.

My sentiments exactly. Hey Chris, how about those employment stats released this week? Looks like the RATs will have to hang their hats on Iraq.

115 posted on 11/08/2003 10:35:14 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: teletech
Frist announces a 30 hour Senate session to break the deadlock on judicial nominees and now THIS! Sen. Frist, you are beginning to make a believer out of me. I hope this sudden spinal infusion continues! Lets find the treasonous traitor that wrote this "memo" and parade him/her down Main street USA for ALL Americans to see!

Absolutely! We should all support and pray for Frist. Time to warm up those digits on the phones, keyboards, etc.

116 posted on 11/08/2003 10:37:29 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 70 | View Replies]

To: abclily
He should be forced to return any salary he accepted while serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

I agree in theory, but since it would not hurt him, it would only be a diverion of efforts that could be used to more important ends.

117 posted on 11/08/2003 10:37:41 AM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 84 | View Replies]

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,"

The ends justify the means. It’s the Bolshevik way.

Is there really any doubt as to where the loyalty of those people lies? It certainly is not to America.

118 posted on 11/08/2003 10:37:44 AM PST by Barnacle (Navigating the treacherous waters of a liberal culture)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jmstein7
Since I don't read the liberal rags or watch their TV news, I wonder just what they are saying about this if anything??
119 posted on 11/08/2003 10:39:04 AM PST by my right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: jmstein7
"The Democrats have politicized our safety" should be the drumbeat and on every conservative's lips for the next 11 months. Bury them with it.
120 posted on 11/08/2003 10:41:24 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: jmstein7; San Jacinto
Good to hear that. yoe was kind enough to supply names & emails, which I just added to Memogate.
121 posted on 11/08/2003 10:42:08 AM PST by backhoe (S.C.U.M-- Seditious Clinton Undermining Machine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: GreenHornet
Well said and worth repeating:

"Pilfered"?.....I don't think so. The Republicans did not seek out this memo. Someone with close ties to the committee, who apparently saw this dispicable Rat plot for what it is, put the good of their country above the good of the Democratic party, and came forward with this memo. The Republicans now have to turn up the heat, making sure the people of this country know about this memo, and what the implications are for national security. They have to blast the Dems 24/7 in the media the way the Rats did with Trent Lott after Strom Thurmond's birthday celebration. Unlike Lott's innocent, off the cuff remark, this is a calculated, closely coordinated Rat plot to undermine our efforts in Iraq, and our national security, for the purpose of political gain. The Republicans need to do everything possible to see to it that the American people are made aware of the true significance of the Dem's actions.

122 posted on 11/08/2003 10:42:09 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 95 | View Replies]

To: Tennessean4Bush
Here's a good mantra:

"No investigation for 'castigation'!"
123 posted on 11/08/2003 10:43:36 AM PST by jmstein7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 120 | View Replies]

To: jmstein7
Time to inundate the media for suppressing the story!

Web site with links to major networks, site also has links to newspapers.

http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm#networks
124 posted on 11/08/2003 10:46:31 AM PST by Republican Red (Karmic hugs welcomed!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
You are correct about the Grifters. Miss Hitlery and Billy Blythe are the authors of most of the libelous talking points of the McAuliffe Party. But, as with most bullies, the Grifters are cowards - they let others spread the lies for them.
125 posted on 11/08/2003 10:47:01 AM PST by abclily
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 114 | View Replies]

To: ChadGore

126 posted on 11/08/2003 10:48:12 AM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 73 | View Replies]

To: StriperSniper
If the Dims want to have any credibility at all after this, they will propose Zell to take on the vice chairmanship. I doubt he(or the Dims) are interested, but I can dream.

Be careful not to miss the point. The power elite at the DNC (mainly B&H) care about nothing but getting back on top. They will (actually, they already have) sell out anyone, their "friends", associates, the entire country to be in power.

This mindset has eclipsed any vestige of honorable discourse in the Democrat party. And this was Zell's concern -- and he is quite correct. The Democrats have evolved into an extremely dangerous political force, hell bent on moving their fascist agenda forward at all costs. When they have the Judiciary along with the media, they need not be concern about their own credibility.

Zell is an anachromism vis the modern Dims, but it's refreshing to see the old lion get a few swipes in before the hyenas get him.

127 posted on 11/08/2003 10:55:35 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 104 | View Replies]

To: Lawgvr1955
Is Durbin new on this committee?

Sen. Saxby Chambliss keeps repeating that two new Democrats on this committee are extremely partisan and ruining the committee.
128 posted on 11/08/2003 10:55:47 AM PST by Republican Red (Karmic hugs welcomed!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 99 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
This mindset has eclipsed any vestige of honorable discourse in the Democrat party.

Will big media ever start reporting their behavior honestly?

129 posted on 11/08/2003 10:59:10 AM PST by NutCrackerBoy (son of a ...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 127 | View Replies]

To: NutCrackerBoy
In a word - NO
130 posted on 11/08/2003 11:00:16 AM PST by Laverne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 129 | View Replies]

To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Be careful not to miss the point.

I haven't, that's why I characterized it as a dream. :(

131 posted on 11/08/2003 11:03:57 AM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 127 | View Replies]

To: Tumbleweed_Connection

hugh


132 posted on 11/08/2003 11:05:29 AM PST by The Wizard (Saddamocrats are enemies of America, treasonous everytime they speak)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Republican Red
I am going to see if I can find out who the two newest Rat members are.
133 posted on 11/08/2003 11:05:45 AM PST by Miss Marple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 128 | View Replies]

To: walden
Frist has a spine!!! Everybody has a limit, even for a mild and selfless MD.
134 posted on 11/08/2003 11:12:54 AM PST by desertcry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Republican Red
Here is a list of members for 2001 that I found:

Bob Graham, FL - Chairman John Kerry, MA Max Baucus, MT Carl Levin, MI Republicans Richard Shelby, AL - Vice Chairman Richard Lugar, IN Mike DeWine, OH Jon Kyl, AZ James Inhofe, OK Orrin Hatch, UT Pat Roberts, KS Wayne Allard, CO

135 posted on 11/08/2003 11:12:54 AM PST by Miss Marple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 128 | View Replies]

To: LasVegasMac
I wish this turd was not from my state. You can recall the turd, or make sure he is out of office in his next term.
136 posted on 11/08/2003 11:15:20 AM PST by desertcry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: walden
"Frist has a SPINE!!!"
Don't count on it. We'll see next week if we go to cloture on judges.
137 posted on 11/08/2003 11:25:17 AM PST by AMNZ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: LasVegasMac
I wish this turd was not from my state.

As a former Reno resident and Mackay School of Mines grad, I'm with you. What an embarrassment Reid is...he stands for everything that is wrong with contemporary politics.

138 posted on 11/08/2003 11:32:21 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Miss Marple
Strange, 107th Committee Members are exactly the same except that Graham was replaced by Rockerfeller as co-chair. Same membership.

DEMOCRATS

Bob Graham, Florida - CHAIRMAN
Carl Levin, Michigan
John D. Rockefeller, West Virginia
Dianne Feinstein, California
Ron Wyden, Oregon
Richard J. Durbin, Illinois
Evan Bayh, Indiana
John Edwards, North Carolina
Barbara Mikulski, Maryland


REPUBLICANS

Richard C. Shelby, Alabama - VICE CHAIRMAN
Jon Kyl, Arizona
James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma
Orrin Hatch, Utah
Pat Roberts, Kansas
Mike DeWine, Ohio
Fred Thompson, Tennessee
Richard Lugar, Indiana
139 posted on 11/08/2003 11:39:14 AM PST by Republican Red (Karmic hugs welcomed!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 135 | View Replies]

To: cars for sale
folks this is deeper...this is HILLARY.

I must confess that thought has crossed my mind from the beginning. I agree. She's no cookie baker.

140 posted on 11/08/2003 11:45:02 AM PST by NRA2BFree (ISLAM: The religion of peace, love, dismemberment and murder!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 61 | View Replies]

To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This is odd: I just went to Frist's Senate web page, and for some reason I couldn't send him an e-mail congratulating him. Also the web page had a message saying it was down. Would that be because there are many people trying to e-mail him, or because it's been sabotaged?

Carolyn

141 posted on 11/08/2003 11:53:05 AM PST by CDHart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
bttt
142 posted on 11/08/2003 12:15:43 PM PST by The Wizard (Saddamocrats are enemies of America, treasonous everytime they speak)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: wny
I know. But it was fun while it lasted.
143 posted on 11/08/2003 12:22:08 PM PST by Enterprise
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

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.

I'm shocked too.

I need someone to pinch me.

It this is true, then Frist's reputation has gone up a couple of notches in my book.

144 posted on 11/08/2003 12:25:47 PM PST by george wythe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: WKB; onyx; bourbon; wardaddy; Magnolia
I haven't read the thread, so I don't know if you've seen this, yet.

To say Frist has surprised me a great deal would be an understatement.

Go Ole Miss!
145 posted on 11/08/2003 12:27:33 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (What can you say about Liberals that hasn't already been said about hemorrhoids?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MHGinTN
I predict that Fox News Sunday will be the only Sunday Morning Talk Soup Show to bring up Memogate.
146 posted on 11/08/2003 12:30:13 PM PST by freedom1st
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Brian Allen; All
This would be an interesting trade...Frist agrees to drop the matter of the memo, and reconvening the senate intelligence comittee and in return we get the judges we want!
147 posted on 11/08/2003 12:37:00 PM PST by mdmathis6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 71 | View Replies]

To: freedom1st
Well, you can count on Timmy 'democrat kneepads' Russert to raise the issue from the democrat talking points side. He will promote their 'victimhood', you can count on that!
148 posted on 11/08/2003 12:37:38 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 146 | View Replies]

To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Wow, he does have a backbone.

Unfortunately it won't last, it will shrivel like most of the Republican backbones. The dems know we won't push and will give up in a short period of time.

149 posted on 11/08/2003 12:40:55 PM PST by Dustbunny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dustbunny
Frist needs to disband this committee and fire the current staff members of the committee. All that has happened so far is they've cancelled one meeting. Big deal.
150 posted on 11/08/2003 12:45:55 PM PST by pushforbush
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 149 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 451-462 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson