|At least one source close to the issue says they may have no choice in the matter."
I think it is out of their hands now. Both the Washington Times and Quin Hillyer are signalling Frist that they have the memos, the memos are hot, and they will be made public.
Hilyer's piece, and the WTimes, are letting Frist know that Hatch is not in charge of this investigation anymore. They are. Frist can choose to join Hatch on the gallows when the bribery stuff comes out, or he can distance himself now by removing Hatch as chairman of the Committee. That is a very tough thing for Frist to do, but he won't be able to say afterwards that he wasn't warned.
The Sergeant-at-Arms is not the only guy with copies of the memos. Those things have been leaked all over Washington now. People far more partisan than Orrin Hatch know what's in them. Hatch is covering up for some Serious Stuff here. It's too late to save Hatch; he's toast. The only issue is whether Frist wants to go with him. Frist is being politely warned, and given time to position himself on shore before the shelling of Hatch and his Democratic buddies begins.
This is gonna be fun, folks. Get your popcorn ready.
So tell us, Senator. On what day did you first become aware that certain Democratic members of your committee were accepting bribes in return for obstructing these nomineees? I see. And whom did you tell when you found this out?
I really, really hope you're right on this, Nick.