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New E-Mails Detail Rove’s Role in Attorney Firings

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Posted on Aug 12, 2009
AP / Ron Edmonds

Internal e-mails released Tuesday show that Karl Rove and other senior Bush aides played an “earlier and more active role” in the 2006 U.S. attorney firing scandal than previously revealed. The messages detail a concerted, two-year effort by Rove and staff to dismiss attorneys for political reasons.

The New York Times:

Thousands of pages of internal e-mail and once-secret Congressional testimony showed Tuesday that Karl Rove and other senior aides in the Bush White House played an earlier and more active role than was previously known in the 2006 firings of a number of United States attorneys.

Aides to former President George W. Bush have asserted that the Justice Department took the lead in the dismissals, which set off a political firestorm that lasted months. Mr. Rove played down his role in the firings in a recent interview and in closed testimony last month before Congressional investigators.

But the documents, released by the House Judiciary Committee after a protracted fight over access to White House records and testimony, offer a detailed portrait of a nearly two-year effort, from early 2005 to 2007, by senior White House officials, including Mr. Rove, to dismiss some prosecutors for what appear to be political reasons.

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By MarthaA, September 7, 2009 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

Here is the investigative reporter that discovered Karl Rove’s evil emails:

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By Purple Girl, August 13, 2009 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

Shit’s gonna roll Your Way W,Dick,Rummy et al-It’s Never advisable to have a “Turd” for a ‘Brain’.
Does anyone really think Rove is going to take one for the team- after Scooter and the Admin being out of power and under extremely Dark Clouds of suspecion for other even Higher crimes?
Meet #1 Witness for the prosecution.
Wanted a Guy with no conscience or moral fiber- you got him and he’s about to turn that self serving attitude on you.
Rove at the very least will not go down alone, nor will he be the highest ranking ‘face’ of the scandal or trials.
Not really sure where Roves allegience lies after himself- W or Dick?
will he chose to portray W as the ‘Decider’ or the Usurped?
Considering the majority of gathering clouds have stalled over the Office of the VP, I hope Rove guesses wrong again and backs Cheney’s version of events. Mind you Dick has admitted to only keeping W “Basically” informed on issues of War, so why not domestic policies too.
The discussion about ‘Illegitmate Presidency’s’ should be in regards to Cheney’s illegal Coup, not Obama’s birth certificate.
W should just admit to the well known reality of his presidency- he was a puppet.a puppet which didn’t know anything, nor wanted to- just in it for the Ego Trip.
Better to be seen as a narcassist and fool in the eyes of history than a traitor and war criminal in the eyes of your contemporaries.

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By John Hanks, August 12, 2009 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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Republicans are organized crime.  It is all about force and fraud.

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By Janie in Louisiana, August 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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Not so concerned with Karl Rove being punished as I am with the fact that this happened and can happen again, even if Rove is charged and convicted.  Have great respect for President Obama and his administration.  I voted for him, and would consider voting for him again, depending on his future performance as President.  The way the Justice Department handles this matter, will weigh very heavily in my decision.  The kind of things Mr. Rove and the Bush Administration did are very scary to me.  It is imperative that something is done to discourage this kind of thing from happening again!

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By ardee, August 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

President Obama,

As our leader you are charged with upholding the laws of the land. You are also deemed to set a moral compass for the rest of us to follow.

Yet we see, time and again, violations of laws ignored, and worse, those perpetrators in the financial community actually rewarded for their wrecking of our economy.

We saw you insist the the TARP funds be released immediately, and with no strings attached. We saw you give lip service to ending the torture of prisoners yet continue rendition which ends, ultimately , in more torture. We heard you say you were against the war before anyone in Washington yet, once you were in Washington, you supported and now escalate that war.

Now we see your Justice Dept drag its feet on the investigation and, if evidence is as it seems, prosecution of those in the Bush administration guilty of political firing of Justice Dept attorneys.

The evidence, Mr. President, seems to mount each day that you have defrauded the American people with promises, hints and allegations of actions that you never intended to follow through upon….Shame on you, woe is us.

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By Bill, August 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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What a shocking surprise.

Will anything be done about it?

Absolutely not.

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By Spiritgirl, August 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

I am right there with you RandomGuy…..

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By Rodger Lemonde, August 12, 2009 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

In his loudmouth mode he is little threat, it’s his whispers that did the most damage. It might be fair to call him the Dick whisperer. Now is the time to put the pressure on so he starts singing to save his butt.

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By Spiritgirl, August 12, 2009 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Another loudmouthed polital bully!  He should be up on charges and/or in jail!  For all of the under-handed machinations that were going on from 2000-2008 that have yet to come to the surface.  I am so tired of those people, they really are evil and want to destroy this country!

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By RandomGuy, August 12, 2009 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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Soooo can we jail him now?

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