More on the attorneygate document dump.

1) Here’s to laugh: Patrick Fitzgerald was near the top of the Bush admin. list of poor performers. Now we learn that list was developed largely by measuring supposed loyalty to the Bush administration, not performance criteria. Independence got you a low rating. Prosecuting Scooter didn’t help either, we’re sure.

Advertisement

2) The Bushies grew nervous about their deal to sack Bud Cummins so they could put Karl Rove’s political hit man Tim Griffin in the U.S. attorney job in LR without a Senate confirmation. Concern grew about potential fallout from the facts, rather than their previous lies:

The documents also show that department officials were concerned Mr. Cummins, the dismissed Arkansas prosecutor, might testify before Congress. On Feb. 1, Michael Elston, a senior Justice Department official informed [Gonzales’ chief of staf Kyle] Mr. Sampson that two Democratic senators had requested that he do so.

Advertisement

Mr. Elston said Mr. Cummins had declined, “but wanted to know if we wanted him to testify.”

Mr. Sampson responded: “I don’t think so,” explaining that he could be asked all kinds of questions, including: “Did you resign voluntarily?” and “Were you told why you were being asked to resign?”

Advertisement

Mr. Sampson also said it could be troublesome if Mr. Cummins were asked about his knowledge of his successor. “Did you ever talk to Tim Griffin about his becoming U.S. Attorney?” was one possible question he mentioned, as well as whether Mr. Griffin had talked about getting the job by avoiding Senate confirmation.

DOJ lied to Sen. Harry Reid that Rove and White House had no involvement in  Griffin’s appointment, documents show.

Advertisement

Gonzales must go. For the dignity of the Justice Department in Arkansas, Tim Griffin must as well.

PS — The more that’s written in Missouri about Bud Cummins’ handling of a corruption investigation related to the Republican governor of Missouri, the worse it smells. Do other U.S. attorneys give private advice to powerful lawyers for governors that their clients are not targets of an investigation from which other U.S. attorneys disqualified themselves because of relationships with the governor? If you want details, here’s a Missouri blog going after the governor. It is rich in Cummins posts. He’s begun to tie himself in knots with explanations on his role.

Advertisement

 

Invest in the future of great journalism in Arkansas

Our state is a powerhouse in agriculture, yet the stories of our hardworking farmers are often overlooked. Help the Arkansas Times change the narrative with your contribution. Matched by $25,000 from Report For America, your donation enables us to hire a reporter dedicated to covering agricultural and environmental issues in The Natural State. Together, we can ensure that the efforts and innovations of our 49,000 family farmers are highlighted and appreciated. Support us today and take pride in advancing Arkansas’s agricultural legacy.

Previous article The coy lt. gov. Next article From the documents