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White House Blasted Justice Officials for Revealing Rove Cronyism

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Posted on Jun 12, 2007

An e-mail contained in a batch of documents released to the Senate on Tuesday exposed a searing rebuke from then-White House political affairs director Sara Taylor, who criticized Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty for revealing that a U.S. attorney in Arkansas was fired to make room for a Karl Rove protege, not because of performance.


McClatchy Washington Bureau:

The White House’s former political director was furious at Justice Department officials for disclosing to Congress that the administration had forced out the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., to make way for a protege of Karl Rove, President Bush’s political adviser, according to documents released late Tuesday.

Then-White House political affairs director Sara Taylor spelled out her frustrations in a Feb. 16 e-mail to Kyle Sampson, then the chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

She sent the message after Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty told the Senate that unlike other federal prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins wasn’t fired for performance reasons, but to make way for former Republican political operative Tim Griffin. Griffin, serving as the interim U.S. attorney, then announced that he wouldn’t seek confirmation to the Arkansas post, but would remain until the Senate confirmed someone else. Griffin has since resigned.

“Tim was put in a horrible position; hung out to dry [with] no heads-up,” Taylor lashed out in the e-mail, which was sent from a Republican Party account rather than from her White House e-mail address. “This is not good for his long-term career.”

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By Howard, June 15, 2007 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
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I wanted to let you know all the McClatchy correspondents will have a new site and many new tools launching early next week (probably Monday) at news.mcclatchy.com. Among other things, the foreign correspondents now all have blogs, which look to be terrific. There will be Q&A forums with staffers, user submitted video opinions, multiple editorial cartoons, new blogs and the rest. I can send you a preview site link if you want to have an advance look. hweaver (at) mcclatchy.com

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By DennisD, June 13, 2007 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment
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And this is supposed to be news. “Rove’s cronyism” - this is what these assholes do from the time they’re born until the day they die. Does anyone believe that these clowns get somewhere based on ability. Take a good look at Bu$h Inc. if you believe the ability myth.

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By jonathan, June 13, 2007 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

It is a matter of fact that Karl Rove’s father was a high level executive of Hitler’s “Nazi Party” so he is well versed on manipulation of political assignments and rather ruthless in his presidential guidance of President Bush.
George Bush does what Karl ROVE advises because Bush does not have the mental capacity to make his own analysis and decisions.
George Bush’s political activities and decisions have brought America to where it is today - this will not change until we get rid of the entire Bush Administration. end

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By maurice estevez, June 13, 2007 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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What about the future career of democracy in america, apparently protecting our form of government is not a high priority of the Republican party. I guess “we don’t need no stinkin’ democracy”.

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