Previous posts and comments have noted that, in new material released Monday by the Justice Department, internal documents indicate some reluctance to have former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins testify before Congress because he might answer questions in ways conflicting with various public statements by the Justice Department, plus allow Congress to delve into the reasons why Tim Griffin got the job, his qualifications and whether he was an active participant (duh) in the plan to install him without a confirmation proces. Cummins has begun to be strung out himself by the public controversy, as an Feb. 7 e-mail he sent to Michael Elston of the Justice Department shows.

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* Concerning Griffin’s statement that he wouldn’t submit to the confirmation process: “I am hearing ‘on the streeet’ that he is saying he’s not even willing to go through the process. If he intends to hold over without nomination and piss everyone off utilizing the now controversial Patriot Act provision, I prefer to stay out of it.”

* “Additionally, as predicted, my wife is strongly opposed to me writing on Tim’s behalf, so I still have some work to do there before I can write a letter, but I will try to appease her concerns if we decide to go forward. She is understandably tired of all this and blames Tim quite a bit for getting the controversy started that led to all the hearings, etc.”

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* He said he’d be willing to testify, if desired. “I would only be there to support the notion that I have no hard feelings, that I was likely to leave in 2006 or 2007 anyway, that we serve at the pleasure of the president, and that judges would screw up the interim appointment process. I am sure I could work in something about Tim Griffin’s qualifications in a hearing. If I testified I don’t think I could screw this up any worse than Tim and the White House have done — and it might help…DOJ’s call.”

Scroll down to Page 32 on this PDF for the full Cummins e-mail. And for more unfiltered Cummins, you might want to read this remarkably tough interview on NPR.

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