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  • [Dem] Memos reveal strategy behind judge filibusters [memogate]

    05/20/2005 6:28:43 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 35 replies · 2,304+ views
    WASH TIMES ^ | 5-19-05 | Charles Hurt
    The "nuclear" showdown that is expected to begin unfolding in the Senate today has its origins in closed-door discussions more than three years ago between key Senate Democrats and outside interest groups as they huddled to plot strategies for blocking President Bush's judicial nominees. In a Nov. 7, 2001, internal memo to Sen. Richard J. Durbin, who is now the minority whip, an aide described a meeting that the Illinois Democrat had missed between groups opposed to Mr. Bush's nominees and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat and member of the Judiciary Committee. "Based on input from the groups, I...
  • Collusion Memos

    11/19/2003 8:11:00 AM PST · by William McKinley · 122 replies · 3,896+ views
    <p>The source of the memos is unclear. The sheer volume of the memos, however, suggests that the memos weren't simply misplaced by someone – they appear to have been intentionally leaked by a Democrat. Also, the memos, which begin in late 2001, cut off suddenly in April 2003. This suggests that they came from a former staffer, rather than someone who recently accessed Democrats' computers. Finally, the only information blacked out in the memos is staffers' names. Whoever leaked these memos did not care about the Senators, but apparently knew the staffers and cared enough to spare them embarrassment.</p>
  • The Unforgiven (Dems Out For Revenge)

    03/08/2005 4:41:36 AM PST · by Republican Red · 7 replies · 819+ views
    Manuel Miranda, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee staffer who was forced to resign last year over spying on Democratic staff members on the committee, said yesterday that Democratic staffers are still hounding him. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office's Fraud and Public Corruption Section, Mr. Miranda accuses Democratic staffers whose internal memos he purloined from the computer of stalking him in his job hunt and scuttling a recent job offer he got from a major Washington law firm. "It appears that Democrat staff and aides on the Senate Judiciary Committee were not satisfied with my client's...
  • Alleged Memogate Conspirator Says Fighting Judicial Nominees Is Left's Priority

    06/03/2004 2:48:19 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 5 replies · 201+ views
    CNS ^ | 6/3/04 | Robert B. Bluey
    Washington (CNSNews.com) - Elaine R. Jones, one of the key players in the Senate Judiciary Committee's "Memogate" controversy, reiterated her opposition to President Bush's judicial nominees Wednesday, saying there is nothing more important to liberals than keeping conservative judges off the federal bench. Jones, the former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, was honored Wednesday night at the liberal Take Back America conference for her leadership in the civil rights arena. Although she didn't mention judicial nominees in her speech, afterward she told CNSNews.com about the issue's importance. In reference to three potential Supreme Court...
  • Probing smoke,ignoring fire:a closer look at what leaked memos really reveal (memogate!)

    05/01/2004 3:03:18 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 17 replies · 229+ views
    LV Review Journal ^ | 4-28-04 | EDITORIAL
    The Justice Department tapped an acting U.S. attorney from New York on Monday to investigate whether laws were violated when two Senate Republican aides accessed Democratic computer files revealing party strategy for blocking President Bush's judicial nominations. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., pontificates that, "This matter can now be more thoroughly investigated, so that those who engaged in criminal conduct may be brought to justice." Criminal conduct? The Republican staffer who originally found the Democratic memos immediately told investigators he did it. And why not? "Since the memos were on the committee's computers, available to anyone who clicked on them,...
  • Another Special Prosecutor (Senate Judiciary Committee memos)

    04/30/2004 5:33:04 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 183+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 30, 2004 | Editorial
    Of all the issues ripe for further investigation in the scandal over the leak of Democratic strategy memos from the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, the least relevant is whether GOP staffers "stole" the documents. That's the charge Democrats have so far successfully made to deflect attention from the memos' actual content. On this point alone, the Justice Department's decision this week to open a criminal investigation into the matter could turn out to be useful. David Kelley, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, and a Democrat, has been tapped to lead the probe. We doubt Mr. Kelley is going to...
  • Another Special Prosecutor--Will David Kelly look at the content of the Democratic judiciary memo?

    04/30/2004 5:22:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 213+ views
    Of all the issues ripe for further investigation in the scandal over the leak of Democratic strategy memos from the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, the least relevant is whether GOP staffers "stole" the documents. That's the charge Democrats have so far successfully made to deflect attention from the memos' actual content. On this point alone, the Justice Department's decision this week to open a criminal investigation into the matter could turn out to be useful. David Kelley, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, and a Democrat, has been tapped to lead the probe. We doubt Mr. Kelley is going to...
  • Senate Panel Gets Second Complaint About Kennedy's Role in 'Memogate'

    04/28/2004 8:50:10 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 5 replies · 107+ views
    CNS ^ | 4/28/04 | Robert B. Bluey
    A complaint filed Wednesday with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics accuses Sen. Ted Kennedy and two of his former aides of improper conduct for their alleged role in delaying the confirmation of one of President Bush's judicial nominees. The Center for Individual Freedom's complaint follows a similar move by Judicial Watch in December. The new complaint names the two Kennedy aides who wrote an April 17, 2002, memo seeking to delay Julia Smith Gibbons' confirmation to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "Certainly, Kennedy's office violated ethics rules of the Senate," said Jeffrey Mazzella, executive director of the...
  • Hearing on Controversial Dem Memos Could Be Soon

    04/28/2004 6:10:35 AM PDT · by The Mayor · 35 replies · 212+ views
    CBNNews ^ | April 27, 2004 | David Brody Congressional Correspondent
    POLITICS Hearing on Controversial Dem Memos Could Be Soon By David Brody Congressional Correspondent April 27, 2004 The content of the memos detail how Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee seem to be taking marching orders from liberal special-interest groups, when it comes to derailing President Bush's judicial nominees. CBN.com – CAPITOL HILL - Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee may find themselves on the hot seat soon, especially Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). CBN News has learned that there is a good chance the Senate will hold hearings on Democratic memos that reveal possible collusion and obstruction of justice between...
  • Justice Department Names Prosecutor to Probe 'Memogate'

    04/27/2004 3:08:35 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 125+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 4/27/04 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into 'Memogate,' but the probe may not go far enough to satisfy outraged conservatives. According to various newspaper reports, the Justice Department on Monday asked David N. Kelley, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to investigate how confidential memos of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee ended up in Republican staffers' hands. Democrat and Republican staffers shared a computer, and some of the Democrats' memos were downloaded and leaked to the press. Judiciary Committee Democrats had asked for an outside investigation into the memo "stealing,"...
  • U.S. attorney to probe stolen memos

    04/26/2004 10:31:23 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 192+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/2704 | Charles Hurt
    <p>The Department of Justice has assigned a U.S. attorney to investigate whether any federal crimes were committed when Republican staffers downloaded thousands of Democratic Judiciary Committee staff memos.</p> <p>In a letter sent yesterday to a bipartisan group of senators who requested the investigation, Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella said the case will be handled with the "utmost professionalism" by David Kelley, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.</p>
  • Ex-GOP Aide Sees Trouble Ahead for Dems on 'Memogate'

    04/21/2004 11:46:38 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 6 replies · 163+ views
    (CNSNews.com) - Manuel Miranda, the former Senate Republican lawyer at the center of the "Memogate" controversy, said Democrats have a lot to lose - both in the Senate and at the ballot box - by continuing to obstruct President Bush's judicial nominees. Miranda, speaking Tuesday to the Georgetown University College Republicans, said he doesn't regret reading Democrat strategy memos on the nominees. Under growing pressure, Miranda resigned in February as counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. "The bottom line is that there's a much bigger story here," Miranda said. "I think the Democrat memos are going to...
  • Latest 'Memogate' Developments Fail to Generate Media Buzz

    04/21/2004 3:21:20 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 10 replies · 148+ views
    CNS ^ | 4/21/04 | Robert B. Bluey
    (CNSNews.com) - Over the course of the last two weeks, the controversial Senate Judiciary Committee memos have gradually made their way back into the news. But you won't read about any of the latest developments in either The New York Times or The Washington Post. Both newspapers have shunned new information revealing the process by which the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund's president, Elaine R. Jones, recommended delaying an uncontroversial judicial nominee's confirmation until after a high-profile affirmative action case was decided. When Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) was asked about the connection of two former aides to the "Memogate"...
  • Memogate Scandal Continues to Fester

    04/16/2004 1:52:53 AM PDT · by Liz · 5 replies · 169+ views
    Insight | April issue | John M. Powers
    Following up on the "Memogate" story reported in the last issue of Insight [see "Hatch and Frist Fire Whistle-blower"], the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) has learned that the author of a memo encouraging Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) to stop the confirmation of a federal judge at the request of a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) lawyer was, in fact, a former assistant counsel at the NAACP. The memo was addressed to Kennedy and told of a telephone call to the Kennedy office from Elaine Jones of the NAACP requesting help with a case she...
  • American Conservative Union calls for rehire of Miranda (Judicial Committee computer files)

    04/14/2004 10:53:10 AM PDT · by berserker · 1 replies · 179+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 14, 2004 | Alexander Bolton
    The American Conservative Union (ACU) is spearheading a campaign that has sent hundreds of e-mails to Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee urging them to rehire Manuel Miranda, a former panel staffer and former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). The ACU sent an alert to members this month urging them to demand that Miranda be rehired. Miranda was forced to resign in February after he admitted having access to internal Democratic Judiciary documents. He served as a GOP counsel on the Judiciary Committee from December 2001 to January 2003 and then handled strategy on...
  • Ethics in Government -- II: A Kennedy staffer's ethical dilemma.

    04/14/2004 5:31:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 300+ views
    <p>If we had to pick a "most outrageous" from among the Democratic staff memos that were leaked to us last year from the Senate Judiciary Committee, our choice would probably be the one about the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.</p>
  • Kennedy's Judicial Memo Scandal Extends to Kerry's Campaign

    04/10/2004 6:17:58 AM PDT · by numberonepal · 8 replies · 188+ views
    News Max ^ | 04-09-2004 | Robert B. Bluey
    The campaign manager for Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry is being linked to the Senate Judiciary Committee's "Memogate" controversy, which involves alleged Democrat efforts to delay the confirmation of President Bush's judicial nominees. Mary Beth Cahill, a former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., left her Senate job last November to become Kerry's campaign manager. But in April 2002 when Cahill worked for Kennedy, her name was attached to a controversial memo spelling out a plan to delay the confirmation of Julia Smith Gibbons to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington Times reported Thursday.Cahill was...
  • Dem Judiciary Memo Penned by Vested Party

    04/09/2004 6:21:33 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 7 replies · 209+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/9/04 | Fox News
    <p>WASHINGTON — New details about a memo that was at the center of a debate over President Bush's judicial nominees and theft of Democratic papers from the Senate Judiciary Committee shows the source was a staffer with a vested interest in the outcome.</p>
  • Judicial 'Memogate' Extends to Kerry Campaign, Report Claims

    04/08/2004 10:34:28 PM PDT · by kattracks · 65 replies · 383+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 4/08/04 | Robert B. Bluey
    (CNSNews.com) - The campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is being linked to the Senate Judiciary Committee's "Memogate" controversy, which involves alleged Democratic efforts to delay the confirmation of President Bush's judicial nominees. Mary Beth Cahill, a former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), left her Senate job last November to become Kerry's campaign manager. But in April 2002 when Cahill worked for Kennedy, her name was attached to a controversial memo spelling out a plan to delay the confirmation of Julia Smith Gibbons to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington Times reported...
  • Memo urged delay of judicial nominee

    04/08/2004 9:50:39 PM PDT · by SirFishalot · 10 replies · 139+ views
    Memo urged delay of judicial nominee By Charles Hurt THE WASHINGTON TIMES A Senate Judiciary Committee lawyer urged Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to use the judicial-confirmation process to affect an affirmative-action case to which she once had been a party..... ~Excerpt~ The memo was carbon-copied to five other Kennedy staffers, including one named "Mary Beth." According to Senate financial records from that time, the only "Mary Beth" on staff then was Chief of Staff Mary Beth Cahill, who is now running the presidential-election campaign of fellow Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. {excerpt, see link for complete article}
  • Memo urged delay of judicial nominee

    04/08/2004 12:44:47 AM PDT · by philsoc · 10 replies · 295+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 08, 2004 | Charles Hurt
    A Senate Judiciary Committee lawyer urged Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to use the judicial-confirmation process to affect an affirmative-action case to which she once had been a party. (snip) The leaders of several conservative judiciary groups noted that they specifically have asked Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, to investigate the matter, especially because the 6th Circuit covers his home state. Frist spokeswoman Amy Call was not familiar with the matter and did not return a phone call seeking comment.
  • New Info Indicates Corruption in Judicial Confirmation Process

    04/07/2004 4:15:58 AM PDT · by kattracks · 57 replies · 960+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 4/07/04 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - A government watchdog group says it knows who wrote an incriminating memo to Sen. Ted Kennedy, recommending that he delay the confirmation of one of President Bush's judicial nominees -- apparently to influence the outcome of an important pending case. According to The Center for Individual Freedom, two of Sen. Kennedy's former aides -- in a memo dated April 17, 2002 -- recommended that he delay the confirmation of Judge Julia Smith Gibbons to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The reason? To influence the outcome of the University of Michigan affirmative action cases, then...
  • Hatch and Frist Fire Whistle-blower

    03/30/2004 9:33:54 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 17 replies · 257+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | March 30, 2004 | John M. Powers
    Hatch and Frist Fire Whistle-blower Posted March 30, 2004 By John M. Powers GOP scapegoat Miranda has become a hero to conservative groups. Republican leaders have broken a promise they made to expose the shocking contents of memos exchanged among Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, says Manuel Miranda, the former GOP aide who is the whistle-blower at the center of the so-called Memogate scandal. Miranda tells Insight in an exclusive interview that both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) broke clearly stated promises to expose collusion between top Democrats and special-interest groups seeking...
  • Urge Senator Kennedy To Clear His Name

    03/19/2004 10:03:39 AM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 9 replies · 180+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 3/18/04 | Center for Individual Freedom
    Urge Senator Kennedy To Clear His Name On November 14, 2003, the Wall Street Journal published an internal U.S. Senate memorandum dated April 17, 2002, written to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) by one of his staff members. The memo details a request by Elaine R. Jones, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, to delay Senate action on all judicial nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit until the then-pending University of Michigan affirmative action cases were decided by that court. This request was anything but innocuous, as Ms. Jones was participating...
  • Legal scholars troubled over Democrats' memo

    03/19/2004 4:08:38 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 48 replies · 313+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/19/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>As the dust settles in the Judiciary Committee fuss over Republican snooping into Democrats' memos, several legal scholars said yesterday they were shocked by a memo showing staffers in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's office plotting to manipulate one of the most significant court cases in recent years.</p>
  • 'Memogate' opens window on judiciary fights

    03/16/2004 6:03:38 PM PST · by Dubya · 6 replies · 143+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 17, 2004 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    WASHINGTON - As early as October 2001, a GOP nominations clerk on the Senate Judiciary Committee made a startling discovery: He could - easily, it turns out - tap into the personal files of Democratic staffers. So, he did. It started with a search for "Judge Charles Pickering," a controversial nominee up for a seat on the Fifth Circuit. Some 18 months later, he had downloaded more than 4,000 files laying out the Democrat's backroom strategy on the toughest partisan fight in Congress. The affair of the purloined Senate Judiciary files - now headed to the Justice Department for possible...
  • Memogate Timeline

    03/15/2004 3:50:33 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 4 replies · 210+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3/14/04 | CFIF.org
    For several months, Senate action on President Bush’s judicial nominees has ground to a halt as the Judiciary Committee and its members have been consumed with what has become popularly known as "Memogate." The term refers to reportedly more than 4,000 memoranda to and from Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that outline troubling collusion between liberal special interest groups and Committee Democrats to obstruct the confirmation of many of the President’s judicial nominees. Investigations have been launched that, thus far, have focused solely on how the memos were obtained by Republican staffers on the Committee and how they...
  • SENATE PSEUDO-SCANDAL (Memogate)

    03/13/2004 12:15:43 AM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 199+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/13/04
    <p>March 13, 2004 -- The Wall Street Journal last fall reported the details of Democratic strategy memos on how to derail Bush administration judicial nominations. An investigation disclosed that GOP staffers had obtained the documents from computers shared with Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. But a 65-page report released by the Senate's sergeant-at-arms confirmed what the Republicans had said all along: They didn't hack into any computers or steal any documents.</p>
  • Attorney Fires Back in Judicial Memo Case

    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The attorney for Manuel Miranda fired back at the report issued by Senate Sergeant at Arms Bill Pickle. The report focused on the activities of Miranda, the former counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and the person accused of improperly obtaining Democratic strategy memos which outline efforts by liberal special interest groups to influence committee activities. In a letter to the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Miranda's attorney, Adam Augustine Carter, called on the members to bring closure to the investigation "not for fear that he would not be fully vindicated, but for the...
  • Judiciary panel defers memo action

    03/11/2004 10:32:05 PM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 108+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/12/04 | Amy Fagan and Charles Hurt
    <p>The Senate Judiciary Committee members agreed last night to skirt any decision on how to proceed with the investigation into Republican snooping of Democratic computer files.</p> <p>Democrats and Republicans arrived at the decision after spending the day in a series of meetings quarrelling over minor details in three versions of a letter to be sent to Attorney General John Ashcroft.</p>
  • 'Memogate': GOP amoebas

    03/11/2004 7:57:33 AM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 135+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Thursday, March 11, 2004 | editorial
    <p>Republicans either get a spine today or continue their Academy Award-winning performance as amoebas in a continuing role.</p> <p>Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are scheduled to meet behind closed doors to decide their next step in the "Memogate" scandal. At least two GOP committee staffers accessed Democrat committee memos through a shared filed server. And that's where the investigation has concentrated. Was the "accessing" -- a click of the mouse that was not "hacking" -- criminal?</p>
  • What Wrongdoing? (Miranda Memos)

    03/11/2004 8:25:53 AM PST · by So Cal Rocket · 29 replies · 180+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 11, 2004, 10:41 a.m. | By Manuel Miranda
    Washington never ceases to amuse. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), himself no stranger to leaking, is furious that Democrat staff memos on politicizing judicial confirmations were read and disclosed. The fact that Republicans (including myself) read Democrats' documents on an open server to which they had an affirmative grant of access does not stop his histrionics. Just as amusing, the Washington Post ran two recent editorials indignant that Republicans had read and leaked the Democratic memos. But where was the media sanctimony when, during the Clarence Thomas nomination battle, the Post took illegal possession of the Anita Hill documents, or...
  • Pickle: New leak probe; GOP suspects that Thursday’s blunder was intentional

    03/09/2004 8:45:28 PM PST · by Jean S · 30 replies · 145+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/04 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Sergeant at Arms Bill Pickle is to investigate whether a confidential report on leaked Democratic memorandums was itself improperly leaked, potentially damaging the careers of more than 20 Senate staffers. Enraged Republicans suspect the unredacted version — intended only for senators’ eyes — was given to the press accidentally on purpose. Pickle’s agreement to investigate the latest ironic twist came as Democrats secured a key defection from Republican ranks on the Judiciary Committee that will likely allow them to refer the memo controversy for a criminal investigation.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a panel member who has been outspoken in criticizing...
  • Hatch caught in embarrassing online tryst with publisher of stolen RAT documents (FR mentioned)

    03/08/2004 10:40:58 PM PST · by CedarDave · 6 replies · 252+ views
    The Desert Journal ^ | March 8, 2004 | MoveOn.org PAC's Research Team
    Hatch caught in embarrassing online tryst with publisher of stolen Democratic documents Twice in the days before right wing activist Kay Daly published stolen Democratic documents on her website, Senator Orrin Hatch appeared on fringe internet radio shows with her. On Oct. 29, 2003, he appeared on her Free Republic radio "Daly Show" and on Nov. 11, 2003, he appeared on another Free Republic radio show with her. Manuel Miranda appeared on Ms. Daly's radio show just two weeks earlier. Kay Daly was the first person to publish complete versions of the stolen documents. Miranda still denies leaking the stolen...
  • Lax security left Senate files wide open (Memogate)

    03/08/2004 6:25:22 PM PST · by GodGunsandGuts · 40 replies · 208+ views
    www.gcn.com ^ | 3/5/2004 | William Jackson
    <p>GOP staff members of the Senate Judiciary Committee had free access to sensitive Democratic computer files because of what investigators termed a “significant lack of security” on the committee’s network.</p> <p>A report by the Senate sergeant at arms has blamed the poor controls on the IT administrator’s inexperience and lack of training.</p>
  • Memo report jeopardizes prosecution (Memogate)

    03/08/2004 2:22:50 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 106+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/08/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Senate staffers were stunned to learn that more than a dozen names of fellow aides and former staffers were printed in what was supposed to be a confidential investigation report into how Republicans obtained Democratic Judiciary Committee computer files.</p> <p>Democrats are concerned that this new information about the leak could ruin any hopes for a criminal prosecution against the Republican snoopers.</p>
  • Don't let Dems skate on 'Memogate'

    03/06/2004 10:46:41 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 15 replies · 238+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | March 7, 2004 | Colin McNickle
    <p>Sen. Chuck Schumer has called for a criminal investigation of Republican Senate staffers who obtained incendiary Democrat computer memos from a shared Judiciary Committee file server and leaked them to the media. "A few of us believe that the only way to get to the bottom of this is for a special counsel to be appointed," the New York Democrat said.</p>
  • MEMOGATE - Voters are disgusted with wimpy GOP

    03/06/2004 5:31:12 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 45 replies · 262+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/5/04 | WSJ readers
    <p>If the Republicans ever do stand up to Democratic Judiciary Committee shenanigans, perhaps they can also force the Democrats in the Senate to "stand up" and run a 24/7, month-long, full-blown filibuster of Janice Brown and the President's other female nominees they oppose. The result will be voters going to the polls in November to give the Republicans a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, along with a Bush-Cheney landslide.</p>
  • Miranda Blasts Judicial Memo Report

    03/05/2004 11:09:31 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 11 replies · 171+ views
    gopusa ^ | March 5, 2004 | Bobby Eberle
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Manuel Miranda, the former aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), blasted the findings of a report by the Senate sergeant at arms, who was tasked with investigating Democratic judicial committee strategy memos which were released to the media. Miranda obtained memos through an unprotected Senate computer server which detailed efforts by Senate Democrats and liberal special interest groups to derail and delay votes on President George W. Bush's judicial nominees. Rather than focusing on the seemingly unethical nature of the memos, Senate Democratic leaders, and Republicans such as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch...
  • Memo Report Inconclusive on Criminal Activity

    03/05/2004 2:45:46 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 4 replies · 126+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3-5-04
    <p>WASHINGTON — A fact-finding report by the Senate sergeant-at-arms draws no conclusions about whether two Republican staffers committed any crimes when they read files by Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee about their strategy for handling President Bush's judicial nominees.</p>
  • MOVEON.ORG MEMO- TIN FOIL:KAY DALY/HATCH/RADIO FREEREPUBLIC TROIKA

    03/05/2004 3:02:50 PM PST · by Deep Freep · 47 replies · 441+ views
    move-on star chamber | 3/5/04 | secret source
    Memo to Reporters FROM: MoveOn.org PAC's Research TeamDATE: 3.5.2004attachment. Revealing Picture of Hatch Surfaces On Internet: Hatch Caught in Embarrassing Online Tryst with Publisher of Stolen Democratic DocumentsTwice in the days before right wing activist Kay Daly published stolen Democratic documents on her web site, Senator Orrin Hatch appeared on fringe internet radio shows with her. On October 29, 2003, he appeared on her Free Republic radio "Daly Show" and on November 11, 2003, he appeared on another Free Republic radio show with her. Manuel Miranda appeared on Ms. Daly's radio show just two weeks earlier. Kay Daly was the...
  • Judiciary Democrats Want Criminal Probe of Published Memos

    03/05/2004 4:17:36 AM PST · by kattracks · 65 replies · 235+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 3/05/04 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats hinted Thursday that they want two former GOP committee staffers prosecuted for alleged violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The lawmakers are angry that judicial nominations strategy memos obtained by the pair, which implicate Democrats in allegedly unethical and possibly illegal conduct, were released to the press. A report by the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, released Thursday, said improper implementation of computer network security procedures allowed a GOP aide to read and download 4,670 memos circulated between committee Democrats, their staffs and liberal special interest groups seeking to block President...
  • Two blamed for Senate computer snooping

    03/05/2004 1:51:05 AM PST · by kattracks · 20 replies · 111+ views
    AP | 3/05/04 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two former Senate Republican staffers are to blame for distributing Democratic computer memos about judicial nominees to Republicans, but the computer files also were not adequately protected, said a Senate report released Thursday. Democrats are calling for an outside investigation, but the committee has yet to decide what its next step will be. The report said 4,670 files were found on a GOP aide's computer, "the majority of which appeared to be from folders belonging to Democratic staff." Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch said the intrusion was inexcusable. "I am mortified that this improper, unethical, simply unacceptable...
  • Memogate: Why won't the Senate GOP stand up to Democratic Judiciary Committee shenaningans?

    03/04/2004 9:08:43 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 14 replies · 227+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 03/05/04 | MELANIE KIRKPATRICK
    <p>This page's scoop last November--revealing Senate Democratic strategy memos on how to defeat President Bush's judicial nominees--created quite a kerfuffle. The excerpts appeared in an editorial on a Friday. On Monday, the Capitol Police swooped down on the offices of the Senate Judiciary Committee in search of evidence of who leaked the documents. Now, nearly four months later, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms has delivered a report confirming that 4,700 files were downloaded and that security was extremely lax on the Judiciary computers.</p>
  • Memos Might Reveal Profit Motive in Senate

    03/04/2004 4:45:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 209+ views
    Insight ^ | March 4, 2004 | Paul Weyrich
    A hot topic of recent political news is the so-called "Memogate." If you have followed such things then you know that some memos from the files of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee made their way into the hands of the media. Thereafter, committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) expressed outrage that such a thing would happen on his watch. And somewhat later, Manny Miranda, who worked for Hatch and more recently has handled judicial nominations for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), resigned. But not before he wrote a tough letter to the Senate Ethics Committee suggesting that the...
  • Hatch Plans to Release Report on Political Memo 'Snooping'

    03/04/2004 11:11:40 AM PST · by kattracks · 21 replies · 97+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 3/03/04 | Jeff Johnson
    (CNSNews.com) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Thursday said he plans to release a redacted version of the report dealing with how Republican staff members on the committee gained unauthorized access to Democrat political strategy memos. The memos involved the plans of Democrat senators and liberal special interest groups to torpedo President Bush's conservative judicial nominees. Judiciary Committee Democrats are objecting to Hatch's plans to reveal the report, which was compiled by the Senate Sergeant at Arms, Secret Service agents and a computer consultant. At the center of the investigation is former Judiciary Committee Republican counsel Manuel Miranda,...
  • HOT: New Miranda STUFF: MEMO-DEMS COVER UP LEAKS ON REPUB EMAIL

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  • Ex-staffer holds ground as 'Memogate' unfolds

    03/03/2004 10:18:48 PM PST · by kattracks · 35 replies · 175+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/04/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Manuel Miranda, a central figure in what has come to be known among Capitol Hill insiders as "Memogate" or "Mannygate," is not the sort of guy with whom you want to get into a dispute.</p> <p>One month after being forced to resign over his role in viewing internal Democratic memos written by Senate Judiciary Committee staffers, Mr. Miranda is leading a spirited battle against Democrats he views as duplicitous and Republicans he sees as wimpy and unprincipled.</p>
  • Senators Review Judiciary Investigation Report in Private Before Considering Release

    03/04/2004 12:50:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 165+ views
    AP TPO.com breaking ^ | March 4,2004 | Jesse J. Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators say they will meet privately to review a report on how Democratic computer memos on judicial nominees ended up in GOP hands before re-entering a public debate on who's to blame for the computer intrusion. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday will hold a closed meeting to receive Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle's report on the GOP computer snooping, said Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Afterward, Hatch and ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who received a private briefing Wednesday, will hold a joint news conference on the report. It remains unclear when or whether the report,...
  • Report on Judiciary memo snooping likely topic of Thursday meeting

    03/03/2004 5:18:09 PM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 29 replies · 209+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2004 | Jesse Holland
    From the AP: _________________________________________________________ Report on Judiciary memo snooping likely topic of Thursday meeting JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press March 3, 2004 Senate investigators wrapped up their probe Wednesday into how Democratic computer memos on judicial nominees got into GOP hands as senators prepared for a public debate on who's to blame. Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont got a private briefing by Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle and his investigators. The committee is expected to hash out the report at a Thursday hearing. But it was not yet clear when or if the report,...