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  •  Somebody fingered Rove (none)
    Ashcroft was connected to Rove via his earlier campaign for Senate.  If someone had fingered Rove, he would have had to recuse himself 'for appearance sake'.  That's how I remember it.  Probably Novak fingered Rove and the FBI confirmed it via Carville.  Even if everybody at the WH assumed that the investigation would not result in anyting serious happening to anybody, it was important to get Ashcroft off the case so when the investigation died a natural death, no one could claim political pressure.

    This line of reasoning supports the theory that these guys thought they could get away with anything.  Ashcroft's departure was just part of the cover.

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