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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.



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KEYWORDS: 2004memo; catholiclist; frist; intelcommittee; memogate; senate
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To: You Dirty Rats; All
Is anybody else getting a sense that our President has just about had his fill of these democrats ..?? I do - and I believe that's why Frist has been unleashed. And why the repubs have also been released to go nuclear regarding the judicial nominations.

Also .. since the person from Rockerfeller's staff, who has already been named as the author of the memo, is a former appointee of the Clinton admin .. that little avenue of info to Hillary needed to be shut off.

The dems are between a rock and hard place. If they apologize, that means they are admitting they knew about the memo and agreed with it. If they don't apologize .. it means they won't acknowledge where it came from or who produced it. ROTFLOL!!!

This is so great .. especially since over in the House, Tom DeLay has stuck it to the dems also!! It's about time these Bush-haters got their come-uppance!!!
251 posted on 11/08/2003 7:21:22 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: Jorge
Frist would be kicking some butt, but unfortunately Newmax has got the story wrong. No other news organization is reporting that the Committee is disbanded.
252 posted on 11/08/2003 7:21:23 PM PST by ironman
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To: ironman
Is any other news outlet reporting the incident at all? If NewsMax is wrong, how would the correct story come out?
253 posted on 11/08/2003 7:25:12 PM PST by madison10
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To: ironman
Frist would be kicking some butt, but unfortunately Newmax has got the story wrong. No other news organization is reporting that the Committee is disbanded.

You're kidding. I should of known it sounded too good to be true.
ugh!

254 posted on 11/08/2003 7:25:28 PM PST by Jorge
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To: LasVegasMac
Well .. whoever "pilfered" the memo obviously loves America more than the democrats do.
255 posted on 11/08/2003 7:30:26 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: LasVegasMac
Who is going to run against Harry Reid, anyway?
256 posted on 11/08/2003 7:38:55 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: TrappedInLiberalHell
TREASON is an anagram of SENATOR, after all.

I never thought of that! Could be bumper-sticker material.

257 posted on 11/08/2003 7:40:41 PM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: quesera
Excellent point! I can do one better, though. If this memo turns out to have been written by a U.S. Senator, than that Senator should be expelled from the Senate.
258 posted on 11/08/2003 7:42:31 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Memo Test excerpt:


"We have carefully reviewed our options under the rules and believe we have identified the best approach. Our plan is as follows:

"1) Pull the majority along as far as we can on issues that may lead to major new disclosures regarding improper or questionable conduct by administration officials. We are having some success in that regard.

"For example, in addition to the President's State of the Union speech, the chairman [Sen. Pat Roberts] has agreed to look at the activities of the office of the Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, as well as Secretary Bolton's office at the State Department.

"The fact that the chairman supports our investigations into these offices and cosigns our requests for information is helpful and potentially crucial. We don't know what we will find but our prospects for getting the access we seek is far greater when we have the backing of the majority. [We can verbally mention some of the intriguing leads we are pursuing.]

"2) Assiduously prepare Democratic 'additional views' to attach to any interim or final reports the committee may release. Committee rules provide this opportunity and we intend to take full advantage of it.

"In that regard we may have already compiled all the public statements on Iraq made by senior administration officials. We will identify the most exaggerated claims. We will contrast them with the intelligence estimates that have since been declassified. Our additional views will also, among other things, castigate the majority for seeking to limit the scope of the inquiry.

"The Democrats will then be in a strong position to reopen the question of establishing an Independent Commission [i.e., the Corzine Amendment.]

"3) Prepare to launch an independent investigation when it becomes clear we have exhausted the opportunity to usefully collaborate with the majority. We can pull the trigger on an independent investigation of the administration's use of intelligence at any time. But we can only do so once.

"The best time to do so will probably be next year, either:

"A) After we have already released our additional views on an interim report, thereby providing as many as three opportunities to make our case to the public. Additional views on the interim report (1). The announcement of our independent investigation (2). And (3) additional views on the final investigation. Or:

"B) Once we identify solid leads the majority does not want to pursue, we would attract more coverage and have greater credibility in that context than one in which we simply launch an independent investigation based on principled but vague notions regarding the use of intelligence.

"In the meantime, even without a specifically authorized independent investigation, we continue to act independently when we encounter footdragging on the part of the majority. For example, the FBI Niger investigation was done solely at the request of the vice chairman. We have independently submitted written requests to the DOD and we are preparing further independent requests for information.

"SUMMARY: Intelligence issues are clearly secondary to the public's concern regarding the insurgency in Iraq. Yet we have an important role to play in revealing the misleading, if not flagrantly dishonest, methods and motives of senior administration officials who made the case for unilateral preemptive war.

"The approach outlined above seems to offer the best prospect for exposing the administration's dubious motives." [End of Memo Excerpt.]
259 posted on 11/08/2003 7:45:09 PM PST by TaxRelief (Welcome to the only website dedicated to the preservation of a free republic.)
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To: section9
I thought that Free Republic's favorite attorney was Ann Coulter.
260 posted on 11/08/2003 7:46:31 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
AW, let's not be too harsh on Rockefeller - he's is only taking the actions of the traitors Torricelli and Leaky Leahy to the next step!

It increases their standing in the Democrap Party!
261 posted on 11/08/2003 7:46:48 PM PST by leprechaun9
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham; All
How's this for an idea: hold the Senate in session indefinitely until the author of this treasonous memo is revealed.
262 posted on 11/08/2003 7:57:52 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: walden
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.

Looks like he MIGHT have grown a pair!!

263 posted on 11/08/2003 8:02:05 PM PST by Lael (Bush to Middle Class: Send your kids to DIE in Iraq while I send your LIVELIHOODS to INDIA!)
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To: Jorge; ironman

The story is true

according to the Washington Post

Frist Freezes Senate Probe of Prewar Iraq Data

By Walter Pincus and Dana Priest Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, November 8, 2003; Page A18

Angry about a leaked Democratic memo, the Republican leadership of the Senate yesterday took the unusual step of canceling all business of the committee investigating prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) called on the author of the memo -- which laid out a possible Democratic strategy to extend the investigation to include the White House and executive branch -- to "identify himself or herself . . . disavow this partisan attack in its entirety" and deliver "a personal apology" to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Excerpted from Washington Post

264 posted on 11/08/2003 8:04:21 PM PST by TaxRelief (Welcome to the only website dedicated to the preservation of a free republic.)
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To: COUNTrecount
My surprise at your list (on the Dems side) is that her heinous, HRC, is not listed. That whole memo just stinks of Clinton-style politics. Perhaps she had some behind the scenes input.
265 posted on 11/08/2003 8:06:41 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: ValerieUSA
You are so right and I believe all of us should send another email and tell Frist .. NO APOLOGY will ever mend the damage the dems have done.
266 posted on 11/08/2003 8:07:19 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: Clintonfatigued
No problem. AND, hold the Sinate in indefinite 24x7 session until ALL of GW's judicial appointments receive a vote. We need hardball+++!
267 posted on 11/08/2003 8:09:03 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: Enterprise
Please send Frist that message!
268 posted on 11/08/2003 8:12:38 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: LasVegasMac
Of course he failed to mention that the Republican who got the memo from a Dim staffer was Sean Hannity. And he ain't gonna tell who he got it from.
269 posted on 11/08/2003 8:21:15 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Here's what I wrote earlier:

Senator wants memo writer identified and to apologize

Posted by savedbygrace to MHGinTN
On News/Activism 11/08/2003 9:46 AM CST #60 of 70

At the least, Frist should announce that until the staffer is fired, the committee will not be holding any further sessions on anything. The White House should announce that it isn't in the best interests of national security to provide any classified information to the committee.

The word should be: Rockefeller and the other Democrats on the committee cannot be trusted with national security.

However, the problem with the "fire the staffer" idea is that Rockefeller wrote the memo himself, or gave such detailed instructions to the staffer that any move to fire the staffer might push him or her to reveal too much about Rockefeller's involvement.

270 posted on 11/08/2003 8:24:31 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: COUNTrecount
Besides being a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Evan Bayh is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. So is HRC.

Both of them are also on the "Emerging Threats and Capabilities" sub-committee of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

My theory: HRC innocently handed Bayh a sealed envelope and asked him to do her a favor and deliver it to Senator Rockefeller. In it was the "final draft" of said memo.

Just a thought....

271 posted on 11/08/2003 8:26:15 PM PST by Prov3456
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Frist Disbands Senate Intel Committee Over Memogate What an unexpected but pleasant surprise!
272 posted on 11/08/2003 8:29:27 PM PST by octobersky
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To: Clintonfatigued
SUMMARY: Intelligence issues are clearly secondary to the public's concern regarding the insurgency in Iraq. Yet we have an important role to play in revealing the misleading, if not flagrantly dishonest, methods and motives of senior administration officials who made the case for unilateral preemptive war.

This statement alone should reserve a room for someone right next to Aldrich Ames. Id like one of these traitor commies to tell ME that the Intel is of a secondary concern...

273 posted on 11/08/2003 8:32:30 PM PST by cardinal4 (Hillary and Clark rhymes with Ft Marcy park...)
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To: walden
I did? (lol).

Frist has done something like 100 heart transplants. Try to do that as a shrinking violet...

274 posted on 11/08/2003 8:34:20 PM PST by JasonC
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To: tet68
Hmmmm? Does that mean we don't have to listen to their constant "misled the American people" ad nauseum ..??

I see now what they were doing. They were using the word "misled" in order to establish doubt and then they were hoping to find something/anything upon which they would make the word "misled" stick.

We need to tell Frist .. NO APOLOGY - JUST DEMAND RESIGNATIONS.
275 posted on 11/08/2003 8:36:33 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: All
The word treason has been thrown around a lot during the last couple of days. Coincidently, we are at war.

Treason while at war ............ hmmmmmmm, seems like "seriously criticized" might not measure up to the required standard.

I know, I know. But the Democrats have been calling it a war .... you know, like when they accuse Bush of saying the war was over (which he never did). So, I say we're at war and you know what that means for treasoners ....
276 posted on 11/08/2003 8:37:00 PM PST by gnawbone
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To: walden
yahoo!!!
277 posted on 11/08/2003 8:43:14 PM PST by BOBWADE
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To: Alas Babylon!
Yep.

(I still frankly don't believe this ....)
278 posted on 11/08/2003 8:48:17 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: walden
Frist has a SPINE!!!

Emergency surgery was Thursday, first results with this announcement.

279 posted on 11/08/2003 8:48:36 PM PST by ninenot (Democrats make mistakes. RINOs don't correct them.--Chesterton (adapted by Ninenot))
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To: San Jacinto
Of course the dims don't want to give up HRC .. especially since she probably has goods on them which they don't want known. My contention all along has been that HRC gets these dims to do stuff for her (like bash the President), because she has information they don't want made public.

They all just need to RESIGN! They are an embarassment to the dignity of the Senate of the United States of America.
280 posted on 11/08/2003 8:48:50 PM PST by CyberAnt
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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.

HOORAYYYYY!!! Frist is being a real man!!!
I want to know who wrote it, or had the typest type it. Yes!!!

281 posted on 11/08/2003 8:49:57 PM PST by concerned about politics ( As a rightous man declarith a thing, so shall it be.)
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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.

"This is almost as outrageous as when we thought Newt Gingrich was using our copy machine," Reid continued.

282 posted on 11/08/2003 8:51:13 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: wny
Don't be such a negative nabob!

Send them an email and tell them not to fold!! Don't just sit there and whine about it!
283 posted on 11/08/2003 8:51:49 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: jmstein7
Yeah! LOL! However, I believe it was somebody on the dims committee staff who thought it was more important to be an American first!
284 posted on 11/08/2003 8:53:23 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: section9
But .. Sean being a journalist - I don't think he can be compelled to give up his source. Bob Novak didn't have to ..??
285 posted on 11/08/2003 8:56:30 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: San Jacinto
You are right about the scum....sadly for me, Durbin is the worst and from my state!! I wouldn't be surprised if Evan Bayh is the first to condemn the memo. He's not Zell Miller but he has some sense of right.

Lando

286 posted on 11/08/2003 8:57:09 PM PST by Lando Lincoln (God Bless the arsenal of liberty.)
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To: technomage
"All these Democrats should be thrown off the committee immediately and replaced"

This is extremely important!

And .. particular care should be taken in appointing other dems to the committee. There cannot be any dem appointed to the new committee who has FORMER CLINTON STAFF within their collective staffs.
287 posted on 11/08/2003 9:06:27 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
It is about time. Finally, a Senate Republican taking a very serious issue seriously.

I hope he won't end up letting the committee meet again if the Demos end up accepting an earlier proposal that they be subjected to "serious criticism."

288 posted on 11/08/2003 9:07:01 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: LasVegasMac
I wish this turd was not from my state.

You could move to California and have a Barbara Boxer instead.

289 posted on 11/08/2003 9:09:24 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: Nita Nupress
Ooooooh! Good point! I hadn't thought of that!
290 posted on 11/08/2003 9:09:35 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: ChadGore
That reminds me of what Reagan used to say to his cabinet: "Did you make anybody mad today? If not, then you're not doing your job".
291 posted on 11/08/2003 9:10:48 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: San Jacinto
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.

No maybe about it. For sure.

292 posted on 11/08/2003 9:13:49 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: kittymyrib
I think HE is .. I think that's why this got exposed.

There is a scripture which says "everything hidden will be revealed" [paraphrase].
293 posted on 11/08/2003 9:14:27 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: teletech
The dems over in the House aren't doing any better. It seems DeLay has enforced a rule which says that if you vote AGAINST a bill, all your pork items for your district get pulled from the bill.

WhooooHoooo!! Hardball!!!!!!
294 posted on 11/08/2003 9:19:12 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection


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295 posted on 11/08/2003 9:21:02 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
ping
296 posted on 11/08/2003 9:24:04 PM PST by Tribune7 (It's not like he let his secretary drown in his car or something.)
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To: TaxRelief
Angry about a leaked Democratic memo, the Republican leadership of the Senate yesterday took the unusual step of canceling all business of the committee investigating prewar intelligence on Iraq.

If you ever needed proof of Washington Post liberal bias, it is right here in this lead.

297 posted on 11/08/2003 9:30:01 PM PST by BJungNan
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To: chiller
The author needs to be FIRED! And .. never allowed to work in a GOVERNMENT POSITION AGAIN!!
298 posted on 11/08/2003 9:37:39 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: HighWheeler
Suspecting and have a memo which is proof - are two different things.
299 posted on 11/08/2003 9:45:36 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: Barnacle
Yeah, it sure doesn't help their claim of being patriotic (while they are bashing the president).
300 posted on 11/08/2003 9:48:25 PM PST by CyberAnt
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