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  • Not "Borking", but "Estradification" - (legal minds say unreasonable to demand internal memos)

    07/22/2005 12:39:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 629+ views
    VOLOKH.COM ^ | JULY 22, 2005 | Todd Zywicki
    "Estradification": In the spirit of confirmation battles spawning a new lexicon (e.g., "Borking") the Washington Times reports today [http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20050721-115711-9900r.htm] on what some Republicans are calling "Estradification"--requiring the Justice Department to turn over internal legal memoranda written by Roberts while he worked in the SG's office. The refusal by the White House to surrender these sorts of documents was the basis for the Estrada filibuster (hence the name) as well as the current Bolton stalemate. Regardless of the merits of the request, it seems highly unlikely that the White House will surrender these documents. The tone of the article suggests that...
  • [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...
  • Show Me (Media Matters)

    03/17/2005 2:06:17 PM PST · by rightalien · 10 replies · 583+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 3/17/2005 | Lorie Byrd
    With Dan Rather's departure from the CBS Evening News last week, there has been a lot of debate about whether or not there is a liberal bias in the mainstream media -- as if that were a debatable point. Some pundits and journalists argue that even if a liberal bias existed in the past, that those days ended with the rise of talk radio, Fox News and the blogs. While I am ready to concede that these new media outlets are helping to bring balance to the presentation of news, I hold that the mainstream media still has an unmistakable...
  • 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...
  • Democrat Memogate: the beginning of Political Scandal,Have you seen this??

    10/20/2004 7:32:32 AM PDT · by AirBorn · 92 replies · 4,551+ views
    From article: . " As political scandals go, the case of the U.S. Senate Democrat memos is differcult to assess throughly, for the moment. The evidence is currently under lock and key by the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms. . That evidence consists of some three to four THOUSAND MEMOS from or to DEMOCRAT MEMBERS of the SENATE JUDICIARY Committee, believed to DETAIL COLLUSION between Democrats and LEFTIST GROUPS to BLOCK confirmation of many of President Bush's judicial Nomonees." see in article: @ Miguel Estrada @ Racist remarks in memos concerning Mr. Estrada's " Latino " backround " , made by a "minority...
  • 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...
  • Khrushchev's children fulfilling his prophesy

    03/23/2004 2:41:27 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 149+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, March 23, 2004 | Mychal Massie
    Khrushchev's children fulfilling his prophesy Posted: March 23, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com Liberal elites talk a good game when it comes to racism, inclusion and diversity – as long the minority is pro-abortion, pro-immorality, program dependent and blames white males and the rich for all ills. I do not consider myself a minority. I consider myself an American. There being some 250-plus million Americans – that hardly makes me a minority. Having said that, I am incensed that elite social racist liberals would – with the Machiavellian treachery of their icon Tom Lynch – attempt to destroy the careers and...
  • 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 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>
  • 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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>
  • 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,...
  • New information in "Memogate"

    03/02/2004 7:18:25 PM PST · by Ritwngr · 14 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Republicans.net ^ | 3/2/2004 | Manuel Miranda
    Republican Senators with "egg on their faces" March 2, 2004 In the middle of the contentious fight over judicial nominations, we accused Republicans of surrendering to Democrats over what has been termed "Memogate" by some journalists. We said it was wrong for GOP senators to fire and scapegoat one of their most effective staffers, Manuel Miranda. It appears we were right. New information has surfaced showing that not only did Republicans act hastily, but the real blame does lie with the Democrats. Click here for Manuel Miranda's full statement, only released a few hours ago.
  • Kennedy/Leahy/Durbin/Schumer Demand White House disclose its contact with Boyden Gray & Kay Daly

    03/01/2004 8:49:31 PM PST · by conservativegadfly1 · 26 replies · 301+ views
    Roll Call | March 1, 2004 | Paul Kane
    Judiciary Report Unveiled Today By Paul Kane Roll Call March 1, 2004 As Senate investigators put the final touches on a report on the handling of leaked memos, Judiciary Democrats took their grievances to the White House, demanding to know if Bush administration officials had access to the controversial documents. In a letter to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, four senior Democrats on the Judiciary Committee formally asked the White House whether administration officials had any knowledge of or access to the thousands of memos that were taken from Democrats over a roughly 18-month period from 2001 to early 2003....
  • Final report due in probe of leaked Judiciary memos

    03/01/2004 12:49:31 AM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/01/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>The Senate sergeant-at-arms is expected to deliver a final report to Senate leaders today on his investigation into how internal Democratic Judiciary Committee memos were seen by Republican staffers and wound up in print in The Washington Times and elsewhere.</p>
  • Miranda Feels 'Disappointment' in Lack of GOP Support (Memogate)

    02/24/2004 1:26:20 PM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 132+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 2/24/04 | Jeff Johnson
    (CNSNews.com) - The former Republican counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee is "disappointed" that Republican senators have not defended him more forcefully for uncovering Democrat memos laying out plans to derail President Bush's judicial nominees. Manuel Miranda said he has done nothing wrong and believes he deserves an apology from his accusers. "My first reaction was disappointment in men who I had raised up as heroes," Miranda told CNSNews.com , referring to the Republican leaders he formerly served. He seemed especially hurt by the reaction of his former supervisor, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). "I certainly do...
  • MemoGate- sedition, slander-- or something worse?

    11/06/2003 6:43:30 AM PST · by backhoe · 254 replies · 2,644+ views
    Various FR links | 11-06-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1015893/posts Politicized Memo Creates RowWashington Post ^ | November 6, 2003 | Dana PriestThe FACT that certain unknown Democrats are focusing more on taking down the president than intelligence, while we are at war and 2 years after suffering the worst attack on this country's soil, is unacceptable and as Zell Miller said, borders on treason.   http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1015951/posts A Tale of Two Scandals Frontpage ^ | 11/6/03 | Ryan O’Donnell   http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1015092/posts Democrats use national security intelligence for political purpose http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1015862/posts YOO-HOO Ds! (espec. Howard and Susan): How to use MEMOGATE to take your party back. . .    ...
  • Manuel Miranda to appear on "After Hours" tonight on FNC. *FREE THE MIRANDA MEMOS!*

    02/21/2004 10:59:11 AM PST · by abner · 64 replies · 165+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 2/21/04 | Fox News- Cal Thomas
    <p>Why do Democrats want to keep this man quiet? Manuel Miranda (search) recently uncovered documents that expose the dirty political tactics used by the Democratic Party to block judicial appointees. He'll tell us what he found.</p>
  • ORRIN HATCH: If this conservative senator isn't safe from conservative attacks, is anyone?

    02/21/2004 7:59:01 AM PST · by chiller · 40 replies · 241+ views
    Slate ^ | 2/20/04 | By Michael Crowley
    Washington's conservative activists have found a traitor in their midst, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch. The occasion is Memogate, the internal Senate investigation into whether Republican aides unethically (and perhaps illegally) tapped into Democratic computer files containing private judicial-nomination strategy memos and leaked them to the press. The more the story balloons in the media, embarrassing Republicans and distracting them from trying to confirm more judges, the more right-wing activists savage Hatch, the man they hold responsible for it.To them, the Utah Republican has done something "acutely damaging to the struggle to get conservative judges onto the federal bench,"...
  • Santorum Wants Senate to Investigate Democratic Nominations Memoranda

    02/21/2004 4:40:56 PM PST · by William McKinley · 96 replies · 397+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/04 | Joseph A. D'Agostino
    Sen. Rick Santorum (R.-Pa.) says he wants an investigation of the content of controversial memos produced by the Democratic staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine whether the Democrats committed any wrongdoing in their efforts to block President Bush's judicial nominees. Meanwhile, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) appear content to let Senate Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle investigate only how the memos came into the hands of Republican staffers--a probe that was inspired by the Democrats, serves the interests of the Democrats, and turns attention away from the far more serious question of whether...
  • Conservatives Vent: [Judiciary Committee] Memos still beg for more scrutiny.

    02/17/2004 6:44:08 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 17 replies · 151+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 17, 2004 | Quin Hillyer
    A group of some 20 conservative activists gave two Republican senators an earful last Thursday evening, demanding that the Senate spend less time criticizing now-departed staffers and more time blasting Senate Democrats for the sleazy content of the Democratic memoranda that the departed staffers perused. But the activists came away unsatisfied. And one activist who did not attend, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, is firing some verbal bazookas at Senate Republicans. According to several sources, conservative Sens. John Kyl of Arizona and Jeff Sessions of Alabama spent an hour and a half with conservative activists representing groups such...
  • Score One for the Democrats in Memo-gate Spin

    02/16/2004 6:42:41 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 32 replies · 653+ views
    gopusa ^ | February 16, 2004 | Bobby Eberle
    The issue of leaked memos from the Senate Judiciary Committee is alive and well on Capitol Hill. However, the scant print and television coverage being generated on the controversy is focusing almost exclusively on how the memos were released to certain members of the media and little on the actual contents of the memos. This is testament to the prowess of the Democrats in spin control and the unwillingness of the Republicans to call them on it. A key figure at the center of the scandal, Manuel Miranda, resigned from his post last week as counsel to Senate Majority Leader...
  • The memos scandal: Name a special prosecutor

    02/15/2004 9:33:20 AM PST · by Willie Green · 14 replies · 240+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 15, 2004 | editorial
    <p>Democrats, aided by an incredibly gutless Republican leadership, have done a wonderful job of escaping scrutiny in a scandal that should bring the party to its knees and threaten some of its most prominent members with prison.</p> <p>Lack of a fire wall in a computer system set up by Senate Democrats enabled Republican staffers -- with a click of a mouse on a shared-server network -- to gain access to more than 4,000 internal Democrat memos. Some suggest the usual political collusion with left-wing groups, such as People for the American Way, to derail President Bush's judicial nominees.</p>
  • Former Aide in Memo Leak Seeks Probe of Dems

    02/13/2004 6:45:20 AM PST · by Republican Red · 32 replies · 167+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON — A top Senate attorney who resigned under pressure this month following a controversial leak inquiry says he will continue to bring attention to the Democratic memos at the heart of the investigation despite focus on the questionable acquisition of the documents.</p>
  • GOP senators denounce snooping staffers

    02/12/2004 9:33:14 PM PST · by kattracks · 20 replies · 198+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/13/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee fiercely denounced staffers in their own party yesterday for secretly accessing computer files of their Democratic colleagues.</p> <p>Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and member of the Judiciary Committee, said that acquiring the Democratic memos was "an unethical or illegal wrong."</p>
  • Senate GOP Memo Snooping Stirs Uproar

    02/12/2004 3:13:25 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 29 replies · 125+ views
    AP ^ | 2/12/04 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican snooping through Democrats' tactical memos on President Bush's judicial nominees has grown into a full-blown Capitol Hill uproar - with comparisons to Watergate, accusations of court tampering and conservatives attacking senior GOP senators. Already, two staffers implicated in giving newspapers and conservative groups the memos stored on a shared Judiciary Committee computer server have been forced to leave. Secret Service agents are prowling the Capitol interviewing legislative aides, and some senators are calling for an outside investigation - perhaps by the FBI - and severe punishment if warranted. "We know that dirty tricks have long been...
  • Senate Democrats Under Fire for Plot Against Judicial Nominees (MemoGate)

    02/12/2004 12:21:20 PM PST · by jmstein7 · 18 replies · 129+ views
    NewsMax.Com ^ | 2-12-04 | Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com
    WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats or some of their staff people could find themselves on the wrong end of a criminal charge. A coalition representing millions of grassroots citizens from all across America has gone to the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department “humbly suggest[ing] that agents of the United States Department of Justice should endeavor” to seize the infamous internal memos between Senate Democrat staffers and pressure groups on strategy for blocking President Bush’s judicial nominates. Kay Daley, president of Coalition for a Fair Judiciary, says it’s important that the Justice Department take possession of thousands of memos now...
  • Ex-staffer scolds Hatch over stand on leaked memos

    02/11/2004 8:56:06 PM PST · by fedupwithlibs · 6 replies · 174+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 02/11/2004 | Christopher Smith
    WASHINGTON -- Open access to the opposing party's private computer files was common knowledge among staff of Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, claims a former Hatch employee implicated in leaking Democratic memos. Manuel Miranda, a former Hatch Judiciary Committee staff member, resigned Friday as an aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee after acknowledging accessing confidential Democratic memos about blocking President Bush's judicial nominees. In a "departure statement" released Monday, Miranda said the "glitch" that allowed Hatch staffers to snoop in Democrats' computer files was no secret, that Democrats' own negligence is to blame...
  • Sergeant-at-Arms defends investigation involving judiciary memos (Thursday Hatch/Leahy meeting!)

    02/11/2004 6:29:52 PM PST · by mabelkitty · 11 replies · 201+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | February 11, 2004 | ROBERT GEHRKE
    <p>There is "no doubt" that Republican staffers acted improperly in accessing Democratic strategy memos on judicial nominees, the Senate's sergeant-at-arms said Wednesday, as he defended his investigation into the incident.</p> <p>"There is no doubt that what was done by certain people was certainly improper. There is no way of getting around it," Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle said in an interview with The Associated Press.</p>
  • COALITION FILES COMPLAINT W/DOJ ABOUT JUDICIAL MEMO CONTENT

    02/11/2004 8:06:19 AM PST · by diotima · 109 replies · 738+ views
    Coalition for a Fair Judiciary ^ | 2/10/04 | Coaltion for a Fair Judiciary
    Mr. Noel Hillman Chief, Public Integrity Section Criminal Division U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20531-0001 10 February 2004 Dear Mr. Hillman: In a recent complaint addressed to the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee, Mr. Manuel Miranda, former Majority Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and General Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, apprised Committee Chief Counsel Robert Walker of the following revelation: “I have read documents evidencing public corruption by elected officials and staff of the United States Senate. . . . This includes evidence of the direct influencing of the Senate's advice and...
  • Whistleblower in Judicial Memo Scandal Resigns, Files Ethics Complaint

    02/11/2004 8:05:39 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 37 replies · 291+ views
    Talon News ^ | 2/11/04 | Bobby Eberle & Jeff Gannon
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- A key figure in the scandal surrounding the release of documents that suggest Senate Democrats colluded with liberal special interest groups to defeat President Bush's judicial nominees resigned on Monday and immediately filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee. Manuel Miranda, counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), issued a departure statement explaining that he left his position so that he could "speak freely" about the investigation conducted by Sergeant at Arms William Pickle. Miranda questioned why the Democrats directed the inquiry to the office of the Sergeant at Arms that had never previously...
  • The first fallout from Cybergate

    02/10/2004 11:22:27 AM PST · by lchoro · 13 replies · 200+ views
    The Register UK ^ | Feb 10, 2004 | Mark Rasch, SecurityFocus
    Did Republican staffers commit a crime by clicking on the "My Network Places" icon to access Democratic memos, asks SecurityFocus columnist Mark Rasch. Politics is dirty business, and rarely so much as in the area of patronage: appointments to sought-after federal jobs in general, and to the federal bench in particular. So it should be little surprise that, with so much at stake, one political party would want to use the insecurity inherent in computerized databases to its political advantage. What is surprising, however, is that, caught with their hand in the cookie jar, Senate Republicans employed the tactic of...
  • Leak probe expands

    02/10/2004 9:42:49 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 20 replies · 101+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/10/2004 | Geoff Earle
    A top Senate Republican lashed out at Democrats yesterday amid signs that an investigation into leaked Judiciary Committee memos has been expanded to include GOP leadership aides and the possibility that thousands of Democratic documents may have been taken. “If we’re going to investigate it, we’re going to investigate it,” vowed GOP Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (Pa.). “We want to see all the Democratic memos. The facts that we are aware of show some fairly disgusting activities,” he said. “They want a full-fledged investigation — bring it on.” The volume of Democratic materials alleged to have been taken over an...
  • Support Manuel Miranda - The Judicial Memo Leaker (click here)

    02/10/2004 7:51:19 AM PST · by jmstein7 · 54 replies · 282+ views
    2-10-04
    Please send the following email in support of Manuel Miranda, the Senate staffer that the Democrats are trying to crucify for catching them breaking the law -- look HERE if you need more information.Some brief info on these memos:"These memos repeatedly make clear that a small collection of extreme left groups -- abortion groups, race organizations, labor unions and leftist groups specifically focused on judges -- are driving the Democrats' agenda and decisions. These groups tell Senate Democrats whom to attack and vote down, when to hold hearings on which nominee, how many hearings to hold and rules ofr allowing...
  • Memo download called 'criminal'

    02/09/2004 9:43:06 PM PST · by kattracks · 38 replies · 146+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/10/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said yesterday that they expect criminal charges to arise from the imbroglio over internal memos downloaded from their computers by Republican staffers.</p> <p>"This is going to be a criminal matter," Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, said as he left a nearly two-hour meeting behind closed doors with the Senate sergeant at arms, who is investigating the matter.</p>
  • Dems seek charges in leak probe (Manuel Miranda Memos)

    02/09/2004 6:48:01 PM PST · by mabelkitty · 35 replies · 115+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2004 | Alexander Bolton and Geoff Earl
    Outraged Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday said the length and breath of leaked memos that fell into Republican hands warranted a criminal prosecution of the culprits. Meantime, an ousted senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said aides to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) had access to the internal Democratic documents. Yet these GOP staffers have not yet been questioned by Sergeant at Arms Bill Pickle, even though his investigation into the leaked memos has already stretched into its third month, said the aide. Emerging from a nearly two-hour briefing by Pickle, the panel’s ranking member,...
  • Leader exclusive: Did Durbin leak classified info? (Long but interesting)

    02/09/2004 6:30:20 PM PST · by Lawgvr1955 · 27 replies · 237+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | February 9, 2004 | Jill Stanek
    Frist aide says feds may have Durbin in crosshairs Due to pressure following his release of condemning memos about Circuit Court nominee Miguel Estrada, written by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's Judiciary Committee staff, Manuel Miranda resigned his post Friday on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's staff. WASHINGTON DC -- U.S. Senate staffer Manuel Miranda, who resigned Friday under pressure after U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) launched an investigation into the source of the leak of condemning memos written by his staffers, revealed today Durbin himself may be under investigation for leaking classfied information. Last autumn, memos written by Democrat...
  • GOP surrenders to Dems on e-mail

    02/09/2004 12:11:38 PM PST · by ZGuy · 48 replies · 289+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/9/04 | Robert Novak
    Manuel Miranda, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's staff lawyer who ran his judicial confirmation campaign, last Friday resigned under pressure. His scalp was demanded by Democrats, and Republicans complied. That showed who is ready and willing to play the tough partisan game in the U.S. Senate -- and who is not. Frist's willingness to throw his own aide overboard concluded a spectacular exhibition of the muscular Democratic minority's triumph of the will, personified by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. By a stroke of luck, Republicans had found a trail of e-mail messages by Democrats that exposed a coolly crafted plan to...
  • More judiciary memos await

    02/08/2004 11:54:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 29 replies · 219+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/09/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Republicans have "perhaps thousands" of internal Democratic judiciary memos like the 14 that caused a stir on Capitol Hill last fall, says a Republican staffer who resigned after an investigation into how the documents were obtained.</p> <p>"Only a small amount of [documents downloaded from Democratic computer servers] have been made public," said Manuel Miranda, former judicial-nominations counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. "The ones made public are the least indicting of the ones."</p>
  • Hatch's handling of hacking decried

    02/07/2004 1:12:11 PM PST · by glock rocks · 44 replies · 216+ views
    Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake) ^ | February 07, 2004 | Lee Davidson
    Hatch's handling of hacking decriedShould have hurt Demos -- not GOP, conservatives sayBy Lee DavidsonDeseret Morning NewsWASHINGTON -- A chorus of conservative groups say Sen. Orrin Hatch's attempts to appease Democrats converted a "smoking gun" supposedly proving Democratic corruption of judicial confirmations into a bomb wounding only Republicans. Sen. Orrin Hatch Criticism of the Utah Republican comes as Manuel Miranda, a top GOP aide overseeing judicial nominations, resigned Friday amid a probe into whether Republicans hacked into Senate computers to obtain and leak Democratic memos about judicial confirmations. Another unnamed aide, said to be a Utah native, quit earlier after...
  • Finding the truth (Inside Politics)

    02/07/2004 8:01:47 AM PST · by WILLIALAL · 3 replies · 176+ views
    Inside Politics | February 06 2004 | Greg Pierce
    Finding the truth "The investigation into just how memos written for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee ended up in the hands of Senate Republicans and the media is not likely to be resolved once the official investigation into how they were leaked is completed," Peter Roff writes. "The matter has helped further inflame the already heated passions on both sides of the aisle. Those allied with the Democrats want blood, implying that the memos were stolen or obtained through computer hacking. Many of those normally allied with the Republicans argue that how they were obtained is less important than...
  • There Are More Democratic Memos

    02/06/2004 11:41:03 AM PST · by jmstein7 · 103 replies · 198+ views
    NRO ^ | February 06, 2004 | Byron York
    The senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist who resigned in the investigation of leaked Democratic Judiciary Committee strategy memos has filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee. In a letter delivered to the committee Friday morning, Manuel Miranda says he has read "documents evidencing public corruption by elected officials and staff of the United States Senate." Miranda says the evidence of wrongdoing is contained in previously undisclosed Democratic memos obtained by Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fourteen of those memos were leaked to the press last November. Two sources familiar with the memos tell NRO...
  • Hatch vs. GOP Staff: Democrats play fast and loose with ethics, Republican gets thrown overboard.

    02/06/2004 10:01:35 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 72 replies · 282+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 06, 2004 | Quin Hillyer
    Manuel Miranda, the Senate staffer who until today was Majority Leader Bill Frist's top adviser on judicial nominations, has left his post with a massive parting blast that should put to shame Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch. The substance of his contentions — that Democratic senators engaged in violations of the public trust that may be legally actionable — makes Hatch's utter capitulation to Democrat demands look craven by comparison. Miranda's letter to the Senate ethics committee, drafted earlier this week and delivered this morning, alleges that a series of Democratic memoranda that were not (and have not been) leaked will...
  • GOP firing draws conservatives' wrath

    02/05/2004 9:58:43 PM PST · by kattracks · 56 replies · 185+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/04 | Chrles Hurt
    <p>Conservatives yesterday accused the Senate Republican leadership of betrayal for forcing the top Republican strategist for judicial nominations to resign amid an investigation into how internal Democratic memos found their way into print.</p> <p>"This is a shameful scapegoating that serves only to advance the agenda of liberal special-interest groups and their efforts to construct an activist judiciary," said Kevin H. Watson, legislative director for the Law Enforcement Alliance of America.</p>
  • Leak staffer ousted Frist aide forced out in an effort to assuage Dems By Alexander Bolton

    02/05/2004 8:36:00 AM PST · by MamaLucci · 110 replies · 614+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02-05-04
    Leak staffer ousted Frist aide forced out in an effort to assuage Dems By Alexander Bolton Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) top aide on judicial nominees is expected to announce his resignation at the end of this week — a sacrifice offered by the GOP leadership in hope of persuading the Democrats to wind down the fight over leaked Judiciary Committee memos. The aide, Manuel Miranda, had spearheaded the Republican effort to push President Bush’s judicial nominees through the Senate in the face of fierce Democratic opposition. Miranda declined a request for comment. But The Hill has learned that...