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  •  You have the gift... (4+ / 0-)
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    peace voter, sockpuppet, 3goldens, pfiore8

    Of being succinct.  Overall it could be a coincedence, but Cummins' firing was distinctly different from the other US Attorneys.

    He was actively helping DOJ usher in Griffin during the summer of 2006.

    I think it was only after the other USA's cases surfaced, that he realized he had stabs in his back. Possibly from Jane, likely from Tim.  The missing link here if the Tim to White House e-mail.

    Now Timmy spent a whole lot of time e-mailing from his account while in Iraq to Monica Goodling, regarding his onboarding, salary requirements and background check in the summer of 2006.  [By press accounts, the Army has blocked all access to soldiers' private e-mail overseas].  

    My guess is that the Army still has a whole lot of e-mails from Griffin's account that were sent to, and accounts that have yet to be disclosed.

    Anyone want to file a FOIA?

    •  now you raise something i didn't get either (2+ / 0-)
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      why did Cummins talk about leaving? that's the thing i find most curious... maybe he was in on this for some reason? they had something on him? he wanted to bury something and wanted out of that job... or he wanted another job

      that's what made me curious... why Cummins talked about leaving

      hey citizen92... hope all is well!

      "Well we don't rent pigs and I figure it's better to say it right out front because a man that does like to rent pigs is... he's hard to stop" Gus McCrae

      by pfiore8 on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 08:14:24 AM PDT

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    •  Not coincidence (4+ / 0-)

      I think that Jane Cherry was brought into the White House because she was a known loyal bushie, & because her mother worked with Bud Cummins.  

      Cummins' firing was different from the firings of the others primarily because it happened sooner.

      I don't know I would place much significance on Cummins "actively helping DOJ usher in Griffin during the summer of 2006."  

      I think it was only after the other USA's cases surfaced, that he realized he had stabs in his back.

      — citizen92

      I agree - Hasn't Cummins spoken about this?

      Was Jane Cherry involved in the back stabbing, or as Cummins puts it the "slandering" of his "professional reputation"?  I think she was involved.   But I think that Griffin showed a lot of interest in learning everything he could about Cummins. I think that she may have unwittingly delivered the dirt.  But deliver the dirt she did.


      •  I’d guess all of the above, (3+ / 0-)
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        but we’ll never know.

      •  Deceased AUSA Cherry (4+ / 0-)

        Is characterized in the Arkansas press as a major GOP supporter.  Not that that would lead her to compromise her professional standing, but, might make her a little more receptive to GOP interests.  Or might not.

      •  What dirt? (3+ / 0-)
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        peace voter, citizen92, pfiore8

        Was there ever any real dirt on Cummins?

        And I thought he was cooperating with his own ouster, wittingly or no, so why would Rove's office even be looking for dirt?

        "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

        by Unduna on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 09:49:40 AM PDT

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        •  The 'dirt' on Cummins (2+ / 0-)
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          It seems that the worst thing they could find on Bud Cummins was that someone probably complained at some point in time that he was 'lazy' or that Sarah Taylor used a minor, isolated complaint to describe him as lazy.

          My hunch is that Sandra Cherry probably had enormous respect for Cummins, but that at some point in time she might have felt overwhelmed by her work load - she might have communicated to her daughter that Cummins wasn't working as hard as she was working or something. (Please note that this is ALL conjecture on my part)  Anyway, I think the information - whatever the specifics were, was interpreted by Teary Taylor to mean that Cummins was "lazy".  That's how she described him in an email to "the aggragator" - Kyle Sampson.  Taylor might have been reaching for a perjorative term to give Sampson a rationale to push Cummins out - to clear the path for Tim Griffen's ascendency.

          Salon asked Cummins to comment on the email and Taylor's testimony:

          "I appreciate her stated intention to not inflict further injury, but the fact is, my professional reputation has already been slandered," Cummins said in an e-mail after reading the transcript. "All that remains is to find out who it was that was slandering it. If she was repeating something she heard, she should say who it was that said it, unless perhaps it was President Bush, which I sincerely doubt. It would be quite helpful to me really if she would divulge the identity of that person. I would like to know, because it is my belief that none of the people in a position to know whether or not I was lazy felt that way. I doubt the information is privileged."


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