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  • Now Five FBI Field Offices Are Probing Clinton Charity, Adding Fuel To The Fire

    10/31/2016 7:12:56 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 30, 2016 | Richard Pollack
    FBI field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, Ark., are investigating the Clinton Foundation concerning allegations of pay-to-play financial and political corruption, according to a report at The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Sunday. Mirroring information provided by a former senior law enforcement official that “multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation,” WSJ revelation confirms what The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group reported in August. FBI field offices in three cities, specifically, New York, Little Rock and Washington, D.C., were coordinating with the U. S. Attorneys working in those...
  • New Report Won’t ‘Stand Down’ Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

    08/06/2014 12:47:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 4 | Jonathan Capehart
    On July 31, when all eyes were focused on the Ted Cruz-stoked chaos unfolding in the House chamber over the border bill, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee did something rather remarkable. It voted to declassify its Benghazi report. After two years of investigation, it found no evidence to buttress any of the conspiracy theories surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans. We didn’t get this news from committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). Nope. There was a story in the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday. A press release...
  • Holder bypasses U.S. Sentencing Commission in mandatory minimums, angers U.S. Attorneys

    04/10/2014 12:33:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/10/14 | Kelly Ridell
    Attorney General Eric Holder has infuriated U.S. Assistant Attorneys by not waiting for the U.S. Sentencing Commission to recommend reductions of sentencing guidelines for drug offenders and pushing them to prosecute based on his new guidelines. “We do not join with others who regard our federal justice system as ‘broken’ or in need of major reconstruction,” the National Association of U.S. Assistant Attorneys said in a letter to Mr. Holder in January. “Instead we consider the current federal mandatory minimum sentence framework well constructed and worth preserving.” In August, Mr. Holder unveiled his “Smart on Crime” initiative, seeking to “reserve
  • The Justice Department’s Hurricane-Strength Misconduct

    12/04/2012 9:18:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 4, 2012 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    A federal judge orders an investigation of DOJ's "skullduggery" and "perfidy" during a Katrina shooting case. Along with former Department of Justice lawyer and PJ Media Legal Editor J. Christian Adams, I have written a lot over the past several years about the misbehavior, unprofessionalism, and unethical conduct of lawyers at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. We have also written of the bias and incompetence of the lawyers in DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which is supposed to investigate misconduct by Justice lawyers. But now there’s a new author writing about the “skullduggery” and “perfidy” of...
  • Rove deposed in U.S. attorney probe

    07/08/2009 6:40:26 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 42 replies · 1,712+ views
    Politico ^ | 7-8-09 | John Resnahan, Josh Gerstein
    Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove was deposed Tuesday by attorneys for the House Judiciary Committee, according to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the panel’s chairman. Rove’s deposition began at 10 a.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m, with several breaks, Conyers said. Conyers would not comment on what Rove told congressional investigators, what the next step in the long-running Judiciary Committee investigation would be or whether Rove would face additional questioning. “He was deposed today,” Conyers said in an interview. “That’s all I can tell you.” Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, declined to confirm or deny that his client...
  • Judges dismisses supermarket mogul's racketeering convictions

    06/15/2009 1:38:21 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 21 replies · 1,398+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 10, 2009 | Scott Glover
    George Torres' future looked pretty bleak: The supermarket mogul had been stripped of his riches by government prosecutors, convicted in a massive racketeering case and was awaiting a potential life sentence in federal prison. But in a stunning reversal of fortune Tuesday, the government released its grip on Torres' assets, a judge tossed out the most serious convictions against him, and he was ordered set free -- at least for now. The turnaround came after prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles turned over tape-recorded conversations that contained information that was potentially beneficial to Torres' defense regarding at...
  • CNN Searches for Capitol's 'Jail' in Report on Libs' Desire to Arrest Rove

    08/07/2008 7:50:47 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 324+ views ^ | 8/7/2008 | Matthew Balan
    Now that Congress has recessed, and since the conventions aren’t for a couple of weeks, Thursday’s The Situation Room turned back to the "hot" issue of what many liberals are calling on congressional Democrats to do: arrest and lock-up Karl Rove for his failure to testify on the issue of the firing of U.S. attorneys in late 2006. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, as part of a report on this possible move by the Democrats, conducted a search for the supposed jail inside the U.S. Capitol. He also addressed the little-used power of the legislature to arrest and try government officials...
  • Justice Calls for Release of Alaska Ex-Lawmakers

    06/05/2009 6:41:04 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 522+ views
    WSJ ^ | June 5, 2009 | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department called for the release of two convicted former state lawmakers in Alaska because of prosecutorial errors, in a new embarrassment for the department after it dropped charges against former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. Former Alaska state Reps. Peter Kott and Victor Kohring, both Republicans, were convicted in 2007 on bribery and extortion-related charges. Mr. Kott was sentenced to six years in prison and Mr. Kohring received a 3½-year term. Attorney General Eric Holder said a review of the two cases showed that prosecutors failed to provide information that should have been disclosed to the defense....
  • Feds drop 5-year probe of Perata - no charges

    05/27/2009 10:49:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 521+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/27/9 | Susan Sward, Lance Williams, Chronicle Staff Writers
    SACRAMENTO -- Former state Senate leader Don Perata, who has been the target of a five year-long FBI corruption investigation, will not be charged with any crimes, sources told The Chronicle today. In declining to indict the 64-year-old Oakland Democrat, federal prosecutors in Sacramento put an end to a wide-ranging FBI probe into whether Perata had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars of kickbacks in return for actions he took as a legislator and as president pro tem of the Senate. Perata announced in March that he would run for mayor of Oakland in 2010. The government's decision not to...
  • Sutton defends charging border agents

    04/14/2009 3:05:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 42 replies · 1,072+ views
    Outgoing U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton said Monday he still believes he made the right call in prosecuting two then-Border Patrol agents convicted of covering up their shooting of an unarmed drug smuggler in the back. In a wide-ranging interview since announcing last week that he is resigning April 19, Sutton also said he was voluntarily leaving the job he’s had for more than seven years — the top federal prosecutor of the San Antonio-based Western District of Texas. Sutton, who was nominated to the post by President George W. Bush, said he is leaving for a legal job in the...
  • Mary Beth Buchanan Mounts Her Defense (No Politics if she is replaced... not)

    03/26/2009 8:23:54 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 3 replies · 481+ views
    Pittsburgh City Paper ^ | March 26, 2009 | Charlie Deitch
    Prior to being named U.S. attorney, Buchanan worked as a prosecutor in the same office, under the Clinton administration. The Bush administration appointed her to her current post on Sept. 5, 2001 -- one week before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And Buchanan proved herself to be a loyal lieutenant. Not only was she a vigilant prosecutor, but she took on responsibilities beyond her post. She also served in the Department of Justice as the chair of John Ashcroft's advisory committee; as a member of the advisory committee to the U.S. Sentencing Commission; director of the executive office for United States...
  • Top Bush Aides to Testify in Attorneys’ Firings

    03/04/2009 9:57:05 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 11 replies · 636+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 3/4/09 | David Johnston
    WASHINGTON — Karl Rove and Harriet E. Miers, top former aides to President George W. Bush, will testify under oath to a House committee investigating the firings of nine United States attorneys in 2007, under an agreement announced Wednesday by the panel. The agreement settled a rancorous dispute that began in mid-2007 when the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Mr. Rove and Ms. Miers, who, according to e-mail messages released by the Justice Department, played a role in the firings.
  • Rove, Miers to Testify in Prosecutor Firings

    03/04/2009 4:57:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies · 939+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | March 04, 2009 | By NEDRA PICKLER
    Former top Bush aides Karl Rove and Harriet Miers agreed Wednesday to testify before Congress under oath about the firings of U.S. attorneys, a controversy involving allegations of political interference that grew into a constitutional standoff between two branches of government. The Bush White House had fought attempts to force Rove and Miers to testify, and the agreement — steered by aides to President Barack Obama — ended that dispute. Both the White House and lawmakers, especially now that Democrat Obama has replaced Republican George W. Bush — were leery of having a judge settle the question about the limits...

    01/20/2009 9:20:13 AM PST · by RetiredArmy · 41 replies · 1,202+ views
    What's left of my brain ^ | January 20, 2009 | RetiredArmy
    Bush got slammed, his government investigated, Cheney, Rove, US Attorney got slammed, investigated, Marxists whined, moaned, complained, threatened, etc. WHEN Bush fired 9 US assistant US Attorneys. How long before Obama cleans house of the ones Bush put in? How quickly with the Marxist's congress take to complain and start investigation of wrong doing of firing of these assistant US attorneys? Like never! Won't happen. The MSM will say he had right to put in those he felt were better qualified, he trusted. Basically, today it has begun. The 1960's radicals are now in charge. Socialism, communism, Marxism, it is...
  • The U.S. Attorney Question Partially Answered

    01/03/2009 10:24:07 AM PST · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 497+ views
    Legal Times ^ | 1-2-09
    In a meeting last month with the Barack Obama’s transition staff, representatives of the nation’s top prosecutors caught a glimpse of the president-elect’s thinking on the politically fraught issue of what to do with the the current 93 U.S. attorneys. “[The president-elect] is going to be smart and be cautious. My gut feeling is it won’t be like it was in 1993,” said U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton of Texas’ Western District, a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. On Dec. 11, Sutton and 15 other members of the committee met with Obama’s DOJ transition chief, David...
  • Commentary: Has a U.S. Attorney Knowingly Prosecuted Innocent People?

    07/15/2008 10:44:42 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 216+ views
    The American Lawyer ^ | July 15, 2008 | Scott Horton
    Excerpt - In March 2007 the U.S. government charged Axion Corp., a small business in Huntsville, Ala., with illegally giving technical drawings for a Blackhawk helicopter part to manufacturers in China. The prosecutors seized Axion's assets and took away its government contract business. The company won an acquittal at trial a year later, but by that time, it was out of business. Axion is the latest in a string of aggressive prosecutions brought by Birmingham U.S. Attorney Alice Martin. Those prosecutions are marked by convictions overturned and innocent men wronged. Two judges have openly questioned whether she knowingly prosecuted innocent...
  • Report: Sen. Bond's opposition led to U.S. attorney's departure

    09/30/2008 9:56:41 AM PDT · by Def Conservative · 4 replies · 528+ views
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Justice Department investigation finds former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves of the Western District of Missouri was forced out because of opposition from Missouri Sen. Kit Bond's office. The report by the department's internal watchdog says Bond's legal counsel, Jack Bartling, asked the White House at least twice in 2005 to remove Graves. Bartling told investigators that he wanted to remove Graves because of conflicts between the staffs of Bond and Graves' brother, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, a Republican who represents northwest Missouri. Bartling said Rep. Graves' operation "did not run business" the way that Bond's office...
  • Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal

    08/12/2008 12:46:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 203+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/12/8 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
    New York (AP) -- No criminal prosecutions are planned for former Justice Department officials accused of allowing politics to influence the hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday. Mukasey used his sharpest words yet to criticize the senior leaders who took part in or failed to stop illegal hiring practices during the tenure of his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales. But, he told delegates to the American Bar Association annual meeting, "Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime. In this instance, the two joint reports found only...
  • Rove subpoenaed to testify in Congress probe

    05/22/2008 1:03:59 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 35 replies · 114+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/22/08
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Karl Rove, who had been one of President George W. Bush's top aides, was subpoenaed on Thursday to testify before a congressional panel investigating the administration's firing of nine federal prosecutors. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers issued the subpoena after months of failed efforts to get Rove to voluntarily testify under oath. The Judiciary Committee, like its Senate counterpart, has been investigating for more than a year the administration's dismissal of nine of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys in 2006. Despite White House claims to the contrary, critics charge the firings were politically motivated,...
  • Justice Dept. accused of blocking Gonzales probe

    01/29/2008 12:09:48 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Los Angeles Times (excerpt) ^ | January 29, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Tom Hamburger
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- The government agency that enforces one of the principal laws aimed at keeping politics out of the civil service has accused the Justice Department of blocking its investigation into alleged politicizing of the department under former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. Scott J. Bloch, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, wrote Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey last week that the department had repeatedly "impeded" his investigation by refusing to share documents and provide answers to written questions, according to a copy of Bloch's letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The Justice Department wants...
  • Gonzales could be prosecuted, McKay says (Disgruntled Ex-U.S. Attorney)

    10/21/2007 9:20:27 PM PDT · by nj26 · 25 replies · 86+ views
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | October 20, 2007 | Bill Morlin
    The U.S. Inspector General may recommend criminal prosecution of departed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the conclusion of an investigation, possibly as early as next month, the fired former U.S. attorney for Western Washington told a Spokane audience Friday.... McKay said he was summoned to Washington, D.C., in June and questioned for eight hours about possible reasons for his firing by investigators with the Office of Inspector General, who will forward their final report to Congress. “My best guess is it will be released sometime next month,’’ and likely will include recommendations for criminal prosecutions of Gonzales and maybe others,...
  • GOP lawyer ties Rove to Siegelman case

    10/10/2007 8:38:05 PM PDT · by Jean S · 8 replies · 586+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/10/07 | Susan Crabtree
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) on Wednesday released an interview with GOP lawyer Dana Jill Simpson implicating former White House adviser Karl Rove in the prosecution and conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D) on corruption charges. In a closed-door interview with committee staff, Simpson recalled how Rob Riley, current Gov. Bob Riley’s (R) son, told her about Rove’s role in a plan to prosecute Siegelman if he did not back down from contesting the 2001 gubernatorial election results that handed the office to Riley. According to the transcript, Simpson described a 2005 conversation with Rob...
  • U.S. Attorneys Probe Decried As Hill "Hoax"

    08/17/2007 2:45:26 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 17 replies · 1,116+ views
    August 17, 2007 House Republicans are crying foul over the Democrats' probe into the U.S. attorneys' firings, calling it a "hoax" and a "shell game" that is aimed not at fact-finding but instead at influencing the 2008 elections. "There's a growing irritation among Republicans, because it's gone on so long. With all the digging you would expect to find something awkward or odd or unexplainable," said Rep. Chris Cannon, Utah Republican. Congressmen speaking on the record went only so far as to say that the investigation has yielded no results. Privately, Republican aides with intimate knowledge of the probe describe...
  • FBI Director's Notes Contradict Gonzales's Version Of Ashcroft Visit

    08/16/2007 9:38:58 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 14 replies · 683+ views
    Washington Post via Drudge ^ | August 17, 2007 | Dan Eggen
    Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was "feeble," "barely articulate" and "stressed" moments after a hospital room confrontation in March 2004 with Alberto R. Gonzales, who wanted Ashcroft to approve a warrantless wiretapping program over Justice Department objections, according to notes from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III that were released yesterday. One of Mueller's entries in five pages of a daily log pertaining to the dispute also indicated that Ashcroft's deputy was so concerned about undue pressure by Gonzales and other White House aides for the attorney general to back the wiretapping program that the deputy asked Mueller to bar...
  • Dems plan to hunt Rove when he leaves ....(My money on the 'magnificent' one)

    08/13/2007 8:23:12 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 41 replies · 1,961+ views
    Politico ^ | Aug 13, 2007 | John Bresnahan
    Karl Rove may be leaving the White House at the end of August, but Democrats on Capitol Hill still want to see him testify on at least one issue – the firing last year of nine U.S. attorneys – and possibly more. Rove was subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month to testify on what he knew about the prosecutor purge, and when he knew it. Citing executive privilege, the White House refused to make Rove available for public questioning, although White House counsel Fred Fielding did offer House and Senate Democrats a chance to talk to Rove about...
  • Beneath Contempt

    07/26/2007 9:34:19 PM PDT · by gpapa · 9 replies · 693+ views ^ | July 27, 2007 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    A president removes a U.S. attorney, and Congress demands to see privileged files related to the firing. The president refuses, noting that "these suspensions are my executive acts," and "based upon considerations addressed to me alone." The Senate has a meltdown, arguing it has oversight authority over the removal of administration officials and threatens to censure the attorney general. If this sounds familiar, it shouldn't, since it's the story of a long-forgotten battle that President Grover Cleveland fought with Congress in 1885. One reason it is long-forgotten is because nothing happened. The Senate was steamed that Cleveland wouldn't cough up...
  • FBI director contradicts Gonzales

    07/26/2007 1:02:25 PM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 66 replies · 2,401+ views
    BI Director Robert S. Mueller said Thursday the government's terrorist surveillance program was the topic of a 2004 hospital room dispute between top Bush administration officials, contradicting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' sworn Senate testimony. Mueller was not in the hospital room at the time of the dramatic March 10, 2004, confrontation between then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and presidential advisers Andy Card and Gonzales, who was then serving as White House counsel. Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee he arrived shortly after they left, and spoke with the ailing Ashcroft. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further...
  • Leahy issues subpoena for Rove

    07/26/2007 11:21:06 AM PDT · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 131 replies · 6,166+ views ^ | 7/26/07 | Klaus Marre
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday issued a subpoena for top White House adviser Karl Rove to compel him to testify about the firing of several U.S. attorneys. “The evidence shows that senior White House political operatives were focused on the political impact of federal prosecutions and whether federal prosecutors were doing enough to bring partisan voter fraud and corruption cases,” Leahy said. “It is obvious that the reasons given for the firings of these prosecutors were contrived as part of a cover-up and that the stonewalling by the White House is part and parcel of that same...
  • Democrats urge perjury probe of Gonzales

    07/26/2007 8:35:35 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 75 replies · 2,444+ views
    yahoo news and drudge ^ | 26 July 07 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats called Wednesday for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perjured himself regarding the firings of U.S. attorneys and administration dissent over President Bush's domestic surveillance program. "We ask that you immediately appoint an independent special counsel from outside the Department of Justice to determine whether Attorney General Gonzales may have misled Congress or perjured himself in testimony before Congress," four Democratic senators wrote in a letter Wednesday, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press. "It has become apparent that the Attorney General has provided at a minimum...
  • Special prosecutor weighed for Gonzales

    07/24/2007 5:05:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,138+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/07 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - Angry senators suggested a special prosecutor should investigate misconduct at the Justice Department, accusing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday of deceit on the prosecutor firings and President Bush's eavesdropping program. Democrats and Republicans alike hammered Gonzales in four hours of testimony as he denied trying, as White House counsel in 2004, to push a hospitalized attorney general into approving a counterterror program that the Justice Department then viewed as illegal. Gonzales, alternately appearing wearied and seething, vowed anew to remain in his job even as senators told him outright they believe he is unqualified to stay. He...
  • Fight Over Documents May Favor Bush, Experts Say (Democrat hypocrisy alert)

    07/22/2007 11:37:46 AM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 15 replies · 920+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2007 | Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein
    The Bush administration's vow this week to block contempt charges from Congress could prove to be a successful strategy for protecting White House documents about the multiple firings of U.S. attorneys, Democratic legal scholars and legislative aides said yesterday. This week, Bush administration officials disclosed that they will never allow a U.S. attorney to pursue contempt charges on behalf of Congress, noting that the Justice Department cannot be required to act against a decision by the president. But administration officials and other legal scholars, including some Democrats, noted that Justice Department lawyers in the Clinton administration made a similar argument...
  • U.S. attorneys fallout seeps into courts

    06/18/2007 1:11:40 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 3 replies · 481+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 18, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt
    Defense lawyers in different cases are raising new questions about government prosecutors and potential political biases. WASHINGTON — For months, the Justice Department and Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales have taken political heat for the purge of eight U.S. attorneys last year. Now the fallout is starting to hit the department in federal courtrooms around the country. Defense lawyers in a growing number of cases are raising questions about the motives of government lawyers who have brought charges against their clients. In court papers, they are citing the furor over the U.S. attorney dismissals as evidence that their cases may...
  • Justice Dept. probing Gonzales meeting with aide

    06/14/2007 11:46:09 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 387+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | June 15, 2007 | JoAnne Allen
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department is investigating U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's meeting with a former top aide about the controversial firing of federal prosecutors last year, according to a letter released on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary committee. In testimony before the House Judiciary committee, the former aide, Monica Goodling, said Gonzales told her about his recollections of the dismissals in March, shortly before she resigned. Gonzales, in earlier testimony before the committee, said he had not gone back to talk to staff involved in the firings "in order to protect the integrity" of the investigations....
  • Specter to vote no confidence on Gonzales

    06/11/2007 11:38:39 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 65 replies · 1,408+ views
    CNN ^ | June 11, 2007 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON -- The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday he will vote for a no-confidence resolution against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, after long questioning the leadership and independence of President Bush's longtime friend. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, said he's concerned like others in his party that the resolution, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and up for a test vote later in the day, was a Democratic effort to embarrass Bush and prompt Gonzales to resign. But Specter has long said that Gonzales has exercised poor leadership on a host of issues... "If you ask Arlen...
  • Fred Thompson Obtains The Services Of Tim Griffin

    06/06/2007 2:48:43 PM PDT · by The Blitherer · 38 replies · 2,299+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | 6/6/07 | Marc Ambinder
    Here's an interesting addition to the growing, un-revealed, unofficial presidential campaign of Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson : J. Timothy Griffin, the former RNC research whiz and Army JAG prosecutor who served, briefly, as a U.S. Attorney in the second district in Arkansas. Griffin, you'll no doubt recall, was selected with White House input to replace prosecutor Bud Cummins in AR when Griffin returned from serving a tour of duty in Iraq. Griffin is advising Thompson on communications and message and will probably be a consultant to Thompson's presidential campaign. Griffin was a very early, very informal adviser to AR Gov. Mike...
  • Indictment Sought Against Rep. Jefferson

    06/04/2007 10:38:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 761+ views
    CBS News ^ | June 1, 2007
    CBS News: Sources Say Corruption Charges To Be Brought Against Democratic Congressman William Jefferson waves as he leaves a polling place, Dec. 9, 2006. Despite being the subject of a bribery investigation, Jefferson won re-election. Federal sources say they are now seeking an indictment against him. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Fast Fact Jefferson has been under vestigation for allegedly accepting $100,000 from a telecommunications businessman, $90,000 of which was later recovered in a freezer in the congressman's Louisiana home. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Go To Comments (CBS) Sources tell CBS News that authorities are seeking an indictment against Congressman William Jefferson,...
  • Mafia prosecutor now has Bush in his sights

    06/02/2007 5:46:09 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 59 replies · 2,492+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/03/07 | Tim Shipman
    George W Bush has seen off Al Gore, John Kerry and Saddam Hussein. But with the varnish fast disappearing from his administration, the president may finally be about to meet the man who could prove his undoing. Preet Bharara is a 38-year-old Indian-American lawyer, who made his name prosecuting the bosses of the Gambino and Colombo crime families in New York. Now the former district attorney has President Bush in his sights, as well as the man they call "Bush's Brain": Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser. Mr Bharara is spearheading the Democrat campaign to uncover corruption, mismanagement, incompetence...
  • Arkansas - U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin To Resign Friday, Congressional Staffers Say

    05/31/2007 1:13:12 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 8,052+ views
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK -- Tim Griffin, the federal prosecutor in Arkansas whose appointment was among those that led to calls for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, is resigning Friday, spokesmen for Arkansas congressional members said. Griffin, a former assistant to President Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove, stepped in as interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in December, replacing U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins. Cummins, a well-respected prosecutor, was one of eight U.S. attorneys who were fired over the winter, leading to accusations of White House meddling in federal law enforcement. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor,...
  • Mission: Possible

    05/25/2007 12:50:04 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 13 replies · 919+ views
    WSJ / ^ | May 25, 2007 | Kimberley Strassel
    If there's a smarter guy in Washington right now than Sen. Chuck Schumer, Republicans haven't noticed. The New York Democrat is doggedly working to dismantle what's left of the Bush presidency, with barely an ounce of pushback from the other side. Mr. Schumer was the instigator of the Democrats' probe into the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, although note that the question of who fired which prosecutor is already yesterday's news. The attorneys mess was just an opening, a hook that is now allowing Mr. Schumer to escalate into an assault on the wider administration, as well as presidential authority...
  • Ex-Justice Official Blames Deputy Attorney General for Misleading Congress About Attorney Firings

    05/23/2007 11:30:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 1,481+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/23/7
    <p>WASHINGTON — Former Justice Department official Monica Goodling told lawmakers Wednesday she wanted to "set the record straight," blaming deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty for misleading Congress about the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.</p> <p>Goodling, speaking out in public for the first time, denied playing a major role in the dismissals in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.</p>
  • Congress OKs Bill Curbing White House Power To Appoint US Attorneys

    05/22/2007 3:43:46 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 568+ views
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON (AP)--Congress cleared legislation Tuesday that would curb President George W. Bush's power to appoint prosecutors indefinitely, resolving one controversy linked to the firing of federal prosecutors. The 306-114 vote gave the House's blessing to the Senate-passed bill, readying it for Bush's expected signature. It will close a loophole that Democrats say could have permitted the White House to reward GOP loyalists with plum jobs as U.S. attorneys. The measure would restore the process for temporarily replacing U.S. attorneys to what it was before Congress reauthorized the Patriot Act last year. Under the bill, the attorney general could...
  • Wiretap Tales (What you didn't read about Jim Comey's Senate testimony)

    05/17/2007 12:55:35 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 12 replies · 665+ views
    WSJ / ^ | May 17, 2007 | Editorial
    Democrats and former Deputy Attorney General James Comey put on quite a Senate show Tuesday over the National Security Agency's wiretapping program. With New York's Chuck Schumer directing, the players staged a full length docudrama to create the impression that the Bush Administration broke the law in reauthorizing the program to eavesdrop on al Qaeda. ..... News stories have suggested a pattern of White House misdeeds to accomplish an ultimately illegal end. The transcript tells a different story. First let's review the background. On March 10, 2004, then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card...
  • Justice Department's No. 2 Official Resigning Amid Inquiry of Fired Prosecutors [Gonzales-Gate]

    05/14/2007 2:39:04 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 28 replies · 1,362+ views
    AP ^ | May 14, 2007 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said Monday he will resign, the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys, The Associated Press has learned. McNulty, who has served 18 months as the Justice Department's second-in-command, announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of U.S. attorneys in San Antonio, according to two senior department aides. He said he will remain at the department until this fall or until the Senate approves a successor, the aides said.
  • Rove attended meeting where witness on prosecutor firings coached

    05/05/2007 8:02:12 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 45 replies · 1,407+ views
    AP ^ | May 4, 2007 | Laurie Kellman
    Rove Saw Coaching of Prosecutor Witness WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Justice Department official who testified about performance shortcomings of several fired U.S. attorneys has told congressional investigators he was coached the day before at a White House meeting attended by political adviser Karl Rove. The witness, Associate Deputy Attorney General William Moschella, said he was urged during the dinner hour meeting on March 5 to publicly specify reasons for the dismissals, according to a transcript of the investigators' April 24 interview with him. Until the March 6 hearing before a House Judiciary subcommittee, Justice Department officials had said publicly...
  • DOJ's Former No. 2 Lauds Fired Prosecutors

    05/04/2007 12:26:51 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 5 replies · 391+ views
    AP ^ | May 3, 2007 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department's former No. 2 official testified Thursday he was unaware of plans to fire underperforming U.S. attorneys and praised all but one of the eight who were purged last year. Jim Comey, who served as deputy attorney general from 2003 to 2005, said he had one 15-minute conversation during his tenure about prosecutors who were considered weak managers. Only one of the eight who were ultimately fired -- Kevin Ryan, the former U.S. attorney in San Francisco -- fit that description, Mr. Comey said. The others were doing their jobs well, Mr. Comey told a House...
  • The Phony Attorney General Scandal

    04/25/2007 9:34:40 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 10 replies · 674+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 04/25/2007 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    This firing of the attorneys is a fabricated and contrived scandal
  • Immunity Considered for Ex-Gonzales Aide

    04/17/2007 11:19:47 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 5 replies · 468+ views
    AP ^ | April 17, 2007 | Laurie Kellman
    Immunity Considered for Ex-Gonzales Aide Laurie Kellman April 17, 2007 WASHINGTON (AP) - 0415dv-fired-prosecutors The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on whether to grant Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former counsel immunity from prosecution and force her to testify about the firings of eight federal prosecutors. "I am hopeful we can approve immunity so that we can schedule her to testify as soon as possible and begin to clear up the many inconsistencies and gaps surrounding this matter," Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said in a statement Tuesday. A two-thirds vote of the panel is required to approve the resolution,...
  • Pat Boone: Who hires and fires around here?

    04/07/2007 10:37:45 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 683+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/7/07 | Pat Boone
    Who tells the boss whom he can hire and fire? Other employees? Is it that way where you work? Maybe, if you're a member of Congress, or are part of a staff that answers to one of them. See, it's an accepted principle in the rarified air of American politics that if you want to maximize your political power, you stack the bureaucracies with your own people, just as fast and deep as you can. Before Franklin D. Roosevelt infamously sought to stack the Supreme Court – which he failed at, praise be to the Almighty – this was already...
  • Firing of US attorneys puts new focus on voter fraud

    04/06/2007 5:00:12 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies · 741+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | April 6, 2007 | Peter Grier
    WASHINGTON - The amounts of money involved seem small, almost trivial. Some of the East St. Louis, Ill., residents were paid only $5 or $10 for their vote. But handing out this old-fashioned walking-around cash still earned Sandra Stith a fine and a year's probation in a federal case wrapped up in 2006. According to Justice Department documents, Ms. Stith admitted that she had used money received from the St. Clair County Democratic Committee to influence votes for president and various Illinois races in the general election of Nov. 2, 2004. As this case shows, voter fraud still exists. Strictly...
  • Feinstein challenges criticism against Lam (Rush proves Feinstein = hypocrite0

    03/30/2007 9:06:07 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 13 replies · 373+ views
    COPLEY NEWS SERVICE ^ | March 30, 2007 | By Finlay Lewis
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein yesterday challenged assertions by a former top Justice Department official that Carol Lam was fired from her job as U.S. attorney in San Diego because of a mediocre record in prosecuting immigration cases. During a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the California Democrat produced a recent letter from a top federal immigration official in San Diego praising Lam's record in combating immigrant smuggling. ... “It is a real surprise to me that you would say here that the reason for her dismissal was immigration cases,” Feinstein told Sampson during the hearing. ... In an interview, the...