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Archive for March 21st, 2007

BOO!! Riddle Me This, then Gimme the Keys! :)

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 7:14 PM EDT

Does the DC Madam hold the Keys to the Watergate Hotel Scandal, Duke Cunningham, and Attorney Carol Lam’s Firing ?

GIMME THE KEYS AND LET ME DRIVE TO FIND OUT! 🙂

15,000 Folks Have Sought her Services and Her place has been raided for the Lists!

D.C. Madam Case Leads to Speculation!

By MATTHEW BARAKAT

The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 20, 2007; 2:14 PM

McLEAN, Va. — High-priced call girls always seem to have their little black books. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, accused of running an illegal escort service in the nation’s capital, has 46 pounds of phone records.

And her offer _ or threat _ to turn them over to the media has some in Washington playing a guessing game as to whether any Beltway movers and shakers are on her list of up to 15,000 client phone numbers.

WAPO 2 PAGE STORY

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by S-Q @ 1:06 PM MDT

TPM Muckraker

2-1 page 15-18

THE 18 MINUTE GAP??? (Are these in chronological order?)

The email of Nov 15 ends with “Who will determine if this requires the President’s attention” and Meiers says it will take a while as he is gone. The plan attached (page 15) to that says to begin making calls on Nov 15. Sampson had also recommended informing Karl.

The next email is dated Dec 4! From William Kelley at 4:48 pm it says:
“We’re a go for the US atty plan. WH leg, political, and communications have signed off and acknowledged that we will have to be committed to following through once the pressure comes.”

(so Nov 15 says it’s time to talk to Karl and maybe the President, but that would take time…and the plan had been to start Nov 15. In this email, the plan has been changed to start calls Dec 7 – 2-1 page 20)

What happened between Nov 15 and Dec 4 to hold up the plan and require a change in execution from Nov 15 to Dec 7? The answer is from Kelley: We’re a go for the US atty plan. WH leg, political, and communications have signed off”
Posted by: Donp
Date: March 20, 2007 02:19 AM

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18 Day Gap In Emails!!!

by S-Q @ 11:00 AM MDT

Firedoglake

I think a commenter in our document dump research thread may have been the first to notice that the emails released by the Justice Department seem to have a gap between November 15th and December 4th of last year….

The firing calls went out on December 7th. But the original plan was to start placing the calls on November 15th. So those eighteen days are pretty key ones. (emphasis mine)

What are you trying to hide, President Bush? You think that Karl Rove’s little political manipulation dance goes unnoticed by everyone? That you can simply dump a bunch of documents and that no one will bother to read them? The days of Congress and the public not paying attention and the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress are long gone. It is time that that the Bush Administration adjusted to the new reality: accountability and oversight. So let the sun shine in.

Call the Capitol switchboard at 1-800-459-1887 or 1-202-224-3121, and ask to speak to the offices of Sen. Pat Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to tell them:
Accept no substitutes: Testimony. In public. Under oath.

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The Daily Show: The Unforgettable Fired

by S-Q @ 10:37 AM MDT

Justice Department e-mails reveal a call for “loyal Bushies” and affairs with underage boys.

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by Basheert @9:18am MDT

From Think Progress:

President Bush said yesterday he would “absolutely” fight to prevent Karl Rove and other senior officials from testifying under oath about the U.S. Attorney purge. Tony Snow explained the position to National Review’s Byron York:

I asked whether the president was perhaps overly confrontational at this stage of the game. “I don’t think it’s confrontational,” Snow said. “We feel pretty comfortable with the constitutional argument.” …

The White House, Snow said, is determined to avoid “hearings or the trappings of hearings” when White House officials talk to Congress. “They’re looking for hands up, cameras on,” Snow said of Democrats. “They’re talking about a show trial.”

How times have changed. As Glenn Greenwald first noted, Snow had a much different view of executive privilege in 1998, when President Clinton was using it to resist having his aides testify in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky saga.

On 3/29/98, Snow published an op-ed titled, “Executive Privilege is a Dodge”:

Evidently, Mr. Clinton wants to shield virtually any communications that take place within the White House compound on the theory that all such talk contributes in some way, shape or form to the continuing success and harmony of an administration. Taken to its logical extreme, that position would make it impossible for citizens to hold a chief executive accountable for anything. He would have a constitutional right to cover up.

Chances are that the courts will hurl such a claim out, but it will take time.

One gets the impression that Team Clinton values its survival more than most people want justice and thus will delay without qualm. But as the clock ticks, the public’s faith in Mr. Clinton will ebb away for a simple reason: Most of us want no part of a president who is cynical enough to use the majesty of his office to evade the one thing he is sworn to uphold — the rule of law.

Snow shouldn’t feel “pretty comfortable with the constitutional argument” because it’s pretty clear there isn’t one. The leading case on executive privilege is United States v. Nixon, where the Supreme Court found that executive privilege is sharply limited:

The President’s need for complete candor and objectivity from advisers calls for great deference from the courts. However, when the privilege depends solely on the broad, undifferentiated claim of public interest in the confidentiality of such conversations, a confrontation with other values arises. Absent a claim of need to protect military, diplomatic, or sensitive national security secrets, we find it difficult to accept the argument that even the very important interest in confidentiality of Presidential communications is significantly diminished by production of such material for in camera inspection with all the protection that a district court will be obliged to provide.

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by S-Q @ 8:11 AM MDT


AP

House Panel Approves Subpoenas for Bush’s Advisor Rove and Other Top Aides in Prosecutor Flap

WASHINGTON Mar 21, 2007 (AP)— A House panel on Wednesday approved subpoenas for President Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top White House aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

By voice vote, but with some “no” votes heard, the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law decided to compel the president’s top aides to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings.

Note: Subpoenas for the following individuals would be covered by the authorization: D. Kyle Sampson, Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, William Kelley, and Scott Jennings.

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by S-Q @ 8:10 PM MDT

The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Conyers (MI-14), holds a hearing on the Inspector General’s Independent Report on the F.B.I.’s Use of National Security Letters. Chairman Conyers’ opening remarks.

C & L

Wow, the whole house of cards really is falling down upon BushCo, isn’t it? It’s hard to keep track of all the scandals. On any other day, this would be a front and center story, but it’s not registering a blip on the scales with all the other stories today.

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