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  •  Can't wait to get into this more (35+ / 0-)

    And I hate to "thread hijack" or pimp my own diary, but I've also got a piece up that ties into this analysis.  It's about Murray Waas' latest article, confirming that the White House is withholding key e-mails, among other things.  If you want to check it out, here's the link:  USAgate Update.

    "Win some, Lose some . . . and then there's that little known 3rd category." Al Gore, January 9th, 2007.

    by Jbearlaw on Thu May 10, 2007 at 03:33:06 PM PDT

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    •  So Murray Wass has seen the only Sarah Taylor (5+ / 0-)
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      email being withheld from after the firings:
      On January 31, 2007, Hertling wrote Pryor to say that "not once" had the Bush "administration sought to avoid the Senate confirmation process" by exploiting the PATRIOT Act. "As the Attorney General has stated to you," Hertling wrote, "the Administration is committed to having a Senate confirmed United States Attorney for all 94 districts. At no time has the Administration sought to avoid the Senate confirmation process by appointing an interim United States Attorney and then refusing to move forward... on the selection, nomination and confirmation of a new United States Attorney. Not once."

      In drafting the letter, Sampson consulted with Sara Taylor, the White House political director and an aide to Rove. Taylor had been aware of considerations that the PATRIOT Act might be invoked to permanently install Griffin, according to withheld administration papers. In an e-mail -- among those that the Justice Department has withheld from Congress -- Taylor wrote: "I'm concerned we imply that we'll pull down Griffin's nomination should Pryor object."

      The senior executive branch official who read the e-mail said it was significant because Taylor signed off on the letter despite the fact that Taylor, Oprison, and other White House officials knew that the administration had indeed considered using the PATRIOT Act to make Griffin a U.S. attorney.

      And Emptywheel has a post up talking about just this issue excerpted above.

      That's a fine diary that Jbearlaw wrote that people shouldn't overlook. I think that this article (Waas') presents a pretty amazing juxtaposition to the lede from the AP article submitted yesterday:

      Attorney General Alberto Gonzales confidently deflected House Democrats' demands Thursday for details in the firings of U.S. attorneys, appearing ever more likely to survive accusations that the dismissals were politically motivated.

      •  Question for those more informed! (3+ / 0-)
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          With the email from Richard Hertling to Pryor where he writes that "not once" had they considered using the Patriot Act provision to place a USA without Senate approval.
          Correct me if I am wrong but surely he was aware that they indeed had already used this provision in the Todd Graves replacement with Bradley Schlozman. I know he is not part of the original 7, then 8 and now 9 or 10 based on how you counted Debra Wong Yang.
          On Yang, I believe yesterday's testimony by Gonzales left the door open that she indeed may have been moved out. Have others done more research on her leaving the post. I also noted that in yesterday's rebuttal from a Republican Congressman (sorry don't remember whether it was Cannon or other), there was denial from the law firm that represents Jerry Lewis that she did not get a $1.5 million signing bonus. He failed to give a figure. He simply stated it wasn't $1.5. It could have been $1.51 or $1.49, but we do not know. Indeed, I doubt it was included in the information provided to the Congressman. It would be interesting to see if Ted Olson called the Congressman yesterday to give him this information. I'll wager that he was the source of the denial.

        Eisenhower- "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage."

        by NC Dem on Fri May 11, 2007 at 06:43:56 AM PDT

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