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Gonzales: Did He Help Bush Keep His DUI Quiet?
Newsweek via MSNBC ^ | January 23, 2005 | Michael Isikoff

Posted on 01/23/2005 6:54:50 AM PST by John W

Jan. 31 issue - Senate Democrats put off a vote on White House counsel Alberto Gonzales's nomination to be attorney general, complaining he had provided evasive answers to questions about torture and the mistreatment of prisoners. But Gonzales's most surprising answer may have come on a different subject: his role in helping President Bush escape jury duty in a drunken-driving case involving a dancer at an Austin strip club in 1996. The judge and other lawyers in the case last week disputed a written account of the matter provided by Gonzales to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It's a complete misrepresentation," said David Wahlberg, lawyer for the dancer, about Gonzales's account.

Bush's summons to serve as a juror in the drunken-driving case was, in retrospect, a fateful moment in his political career: by getting excused from jury duty he was able to avoid questions that would have required him to disclose his own 1976 arrest and conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: desperatedems; gonzales; isiisdizzy; isikoff; isikoffsicko; mikethespikeisikoff; turass; wackokoff
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1 posted on 01/23/2005 6:54:51 AM PST by John W
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To: John W

F*** O** Newsweak AND PMSMBC!


2 posted on 01/23/2005 6:56:00 AM PST by zzen01
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To: John W

If he helped to keep it quiet, he did one heck of a sorry a$$ job of it since every neswpaper, pundit, and reporter spoke about it at every opportunity.


3 posted on 01/23/2005 6:57:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (they call me tater.)
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To: John W

Oh man NewsWEAK is getting pathetic! They really are scraping the bottom of the barrel!


4 posted on 01/23/2005 6:57:54 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: John W

Good Grief!


5 posted on 01/23/2005 6:57:55 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: John W

These are the same Senate democrats who voted against conviction when someone lied to a Federal grand jury.


6 posted on 01/23/2005 6:58:25 AM PST by PokeyJoe (Unvarnished Truth - Your Mileage May Vary)
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To: John W

How many times have fat-boy kennedy or communist kerry been on jury duty I wonder?


7 posted on 01/23/2005 6:59:26 AM PST by pipecorp (I am, therefore, I think...so, what happens when I'm done thinking ?)
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To: John W

Who gives a crap, Isikoff?


8 posted on 01/23/2005 6:59:46 AM PST by BlueAngel
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To: John W

Having lost the battle to make the President appear to be insubordinate during his time in the NG and having discredited the entire CBS organization in the process, another arm of the MSM picks up the ball and attempts to run with it. I wonder if it is possible to be more disgusting.


9 posted on 01/23/2005 7:00:01 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: John W

1996.

GWB would have been Governor of Texas.

That would seem highly prejudicial for service on any jury. Even if he had showed up, he would have been dismissed. No DA or defense attorney would want a sitting governor on their jury.

Someone is trying to dig dirt and make an issue out of a non-issue.


10 posted on 01/23/2005 7:00:11 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: TomGuy
Even if he had showed up, he would have been dismissed.

Correct.

11 posted on 01/23/2005 7:01:07 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: PokeyJoe

Wasn't George Bush the Governor in 1996? Of course he would be excused.


12 posted on 01/23/2005 7:01:10 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ('We voted like we prayed")
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To: John W

When's the last time a governor served on a jury?
Ever?


13 posted on 01/23/2005 7:01:17 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: John W
This from spikey, who could always pass up a good sexual harassment case.
14 posted on 01/23/2005 7:01:38 AM PST by dts32041 (When did the Democratic party stop being the political arm of the KKK?)
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To: John W

Who the F cares.


15 posted on 01/23/2005 7:01:58 AM PST by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: John W

Weeknews is at it again, beating on a dead horse. No wonder they cannot go anywhere.


16 posted on 01/23/2005 7:02:29 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: John W

Not surprising, coming from this ridiculous putz!


17 posted on 01/23/2005 7:03:35 AM PST by Ed_in_NJ (Who killed Suzanne Coleman?)
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To: John W

Good Lord! What Next?


18 posted on 01/23/2005 7:04:17 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: John W
Heck, if this came out in '96 so what. It would have been 20yrs after the incident.

If Newsweak thought this would be a political "killer" in '96 then perhaps the rag can explain how Bush was elected in 2000 after the DUI revelation.
19 posted on 01/23/2005 7:04:35 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: PokeyJoe

And don't forget their ultimate icon, Teddy Kennedy, who killed a girl while drunk.


20 posted on 01/23/2005 7:04:47 AM PST by John Thornton ("Appeasers always hope that the crocodile will eat them last." Winston Churchill)
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To: John W

It sounds like this guy never got called for jury duty. In a drunken driver case you'd be excused if you had a DUI conviction on your record. He didn't cover up anything. He was eliminated because of the system.


21 posted on 01/23/2005 7:05:20 AM PST by MadAnthony1776 ("liberalism" = "do as I say, not as I do")
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To: TomGuy
Someone is trying to dig dirt and make an issue out of a non-issue.

I heard that President Bush, while serving as the Gov. of Texas, once changed lanes without signaling. Someone ought to call Newsweak.

22 posted on 01/23/2005 7:05:26 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: John W

Pity they weren't this interested in Toon's and Kerry's backrounds...


23 posted on 01/23/2005 7:05:41 AM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: John W
Man, the Left has really gotten some good drugs this last year.
24 posted on 01/23/2005 7:05:51 AM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: John W
Wasn't Bush Governor at the time? How can a Governor be on jury duty? I would think that was a conflict of interest.
25 posted on 01/23/2005 7:08:24 AM PST by RetroWarrior ('I will guard my post from flank to flank and take no 'crap' from any rank')
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To: John W

And this ongoing smear helps the US defeat terrorists around the world...how? Lives and worldwide civilization are at stake, and the MSM is busy helping the democratic party commit suicide. Talk about stupid.


26 posted on 01/23/2005 7:08:29 AM PST by hershey
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To: Bahbah
Newsweeks's going nowhere. The Washington Post's circulation is cratering.
Yawn.
27 posted on 01/23/2005 7:10:58 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: PokeyJoe

The same senate democrats who thought Clinton's rape of Juanita Broderick was a non-issue. Wonder how they'd feel if he'd raped one of their wives or daughters. They continue to jump off the nearest cliff.


28 posted on 01/23/2005 7:11:09 AM PST by hershey
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To: cripplecreek

Just how could Gonzales have helped Bush keep a DUI quiet that Bush recieved thirty years ago in Maine?


29 posted on 01/23/2005 7:12:37 AM PST by Eva
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To: Bahbah
No, this is good. Everyone, this is great news. It means the MSM is further away today than after Rathergate from understanding their real collapse. They are little Hitlers, moving non-existent divisions around on maps, screaming, "I vant ze Seventh Pazers THERE! Do you hear me? THERE!"

Two or three more years of this crap and they will be giving away coupons for a free striptease in Vegas with every hour you watch their "news" or buy their mags.

30 posted on 01/23/2005 7:13:23 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news (there is no c in Amtrak and no truth in MSM news))
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To: John W

Bush was the Governer. Since when would they allow someone who could pardon the accused to also sit on the jury. This is sooooo bogus.


31 posted on 01/23/2005 7:13:53 AM PST by Casloy
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To: LS
Two or three more years of this crap and they will be giving away coupons for a free striptease in Vegas with every hour you watch their "news" or buy their mags.

LOL. I totally agree with you on that one.

32 posted on 01/23/2005 7:14:38 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: John W

"I am Michael Isikoff, and I am an Investigative Journalist, damnit! Isn't Bill Clinton great?"

"Rape? Who? Where" I don't need to write about that! Shaaaaadupp already, you B^tch!"

"Now here is a scandal. GW Bush used an expired coupon at the Austin Piggly Wiggly in 1987."

33 posted on 01/23/2005 7:15:23 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Bahbah

See my tagline.


34 posted on 01/23/2005 7:15:46 AM PST by snopercod ( The broadcast networks are at war with the Bush administration. - powerlineblog.com)
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To: SkyPilot
Bwa-hahahahah.

I love watching the entire left, beginning with the MSM, collapse like a house of cards. Now, if only the university systems would fold the same way.

35 posted on 01/23/2005 7:16:33 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news (there is no c in Amtrak and no truth in MSM news))
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To: Eva

In background check they only look back 10 years, That includes anyone applying for a journalist position!


36 posted on 01/23/2005 7:16:50 AM PST by RetroWarrior ('I will guard my post from flank to flank and take no 'crap' from any rank')
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To: SkyPilot

They still have Piggly Wiggly's? ;-)


37 posted on 01/23/2005 7:18:24 AM PST by RetroWarrior ('I will guard my post from flank to flank and take no 'crap' from any rank')
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To: John W

Bush had a DUI? I want my vote back. Had I known this, if John Kerry had served in Viet Nam I would have definitely voted for him instead.


38 posted on 01/23/2005 7:19:29 AM PST by RtWngr (Being tolerant of the intolerant is pretty stupid actually.)
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To: zzen01
This is another example of why MSNBC is sliding down the road to being history. They already have so few viewers it should be embarrasing to them....but I guess the liberal message of "get Bush" overshadows everything else...even down to everybody losing their jobs.

I won't miss them, cause I never watch.

39 posted on 01/23/2005 7:19:46 AM PST by B.O. Plenty
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To: Bahbah
I wonder if it is possible to be more disgusting.

Sadly, I think it is very possible. But be of good cheer! We're witnessing the self-destruction of the MSM :)

40 posted on 01/23/2005 7:20:01 AM PST by silent_jonny (LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF ALL THOSE THAT THREATEN IT)
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To: LS
Agree! Also remember; "It's the seriousness of the charges that count." Right?
41 posted on 01/23/2005 7:21:11 AM PST by 1john2 3and4
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To: John W
Yeah, Newsweak buttheads. He kept it quite just for you guys to launch an October surprise.
42 posted on 01/23/2005 7:22:20 AM PST by demlosers
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To: John W

screw them all.....


43 posted on 01/23/2005 7:23:50 AM PST by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: SkyPilot

LOL!


44 posted on 01/23/2005 7:25:10 AM PST by silent_jonny (LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF ALL THOSE THAT THREATEN IT)
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To: 1john2 3and4
What these guys don't get is that while perhaps 25% of the public are frothing, seething, disgruntled Dems, and 25% are hard-core Repubs/Conservatives, a huge middle is APOLITICAL and doesn't like this garbage---about any president.

We didn't get this during the Clinton years, and many a Freeper would say, "Well, this (new revelation) will sink Clinton for sure!" In fact, after a point when the public made up its mind that what Clinton had done was not "impeachable wrong," NEW charges infuriated them and were viewed as "piling on."

Bush is now benefitting from this same attitude. Most Americans don't like politics, and they don't really like elections, and they want to "get back to normal" once the election is over. So for Dems to keep regurgitating this stuff only helps us and hurts them.

45 posted on 01/23/2005 7:25:11 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news (there is no c in Amtrak and no truth in MSM news))
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To: John W

"Bush's summons to serve as a juror in the drunken-driving case was, in retrospect"

How did Bush, or anybody else, know what case he would be a potential juror on? What do they know that I don't. Each time I've received a jury summons I have no idea what, if any, case i'll be called up on.


46 posted on 01/23/2005 7:25:42 AM PST by crude77
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"In public, they were making a big show of how he was prepared to serve," said Crain. "In the back room, they were trying to get him off."

These people are grasping at straws. They're still trying to make the events of thirty years ago pertinent. I doesn't make sense to have a sitting governor serve on a jury.

47 posted on 01/23/2005 7:27:24 AM PST by oldbrowser (You lost the election...........get over it)
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To: John W

We won. You lost. Get over it.


48 posted on 01/23/2005 7:28:44 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: areafiftyone
Oh man NewsWEAK is getting pathetic! They really are scraping the bottom of the barrel!

This whole story sounds like a bunch of

49 posted on 01/23/2005 7:30:12 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: John W
How many of the Chappaquidick Law Enforcement personnel protected Senator Whale from Taxachusetts? How many of them are on the Kennedy payroll?

In fact, was he really the driver of the car or was it one of the nephews?
50 posted on 01/23/2005 7:30:35 AM PST by leprechaun9
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