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Harpers is out with some Hookergate news. Ken Silverstein, who broke the story last week, has gone back to his sources who confirm that at least six Congressmen were seen attending Wilkes poker parties--or perhaps we should say poke-her parties.

Meanwhile, I double-checked with my sources regarding who attended Wilkes's parties, and all of them repeated what they had said before: over the years, at least six former and current members of Congress were said to have been at events sponsored by Wilkes, and their names have apparently been provided to investigators in the Cunningham case. Also, it wasn't only congressmen who were at the parties; intelligence officials, businessmen, and assorted hangers-on also attended. (As we previously noted, some of the attendees may have simply dropped by for a drink.)

The Loss of Goss
Why did the CIA's chief resign so abruptly?
Posted on Monday, May 8, 2006. By Ken Silverstein.

(more below the fold)

Silverstein also fingers Nine-Fingers:

The names of two other people with ties to Goss have surfaced in connection with the Cunningham scandal. One of them is a man nicknamed "Nine Fingers," whom Newsweek identified as Brant Bassett. "An eyewitness," reads the article, "(who asked not to be identified commenting on sensitive matters) told Newsweek that in 1999, Foggo, Cunningham and [Bassett] attended an all-male Wilkes poker party at the Westin Grand Hotel in Washington." I was also told by one well-connected former CIA officer that Bassett is one of the agency's old Soviet hands who "always managed to get himself into trouble."

Of course, the really fun game to play is: Guess the Congressmen?

On the theory that the lawmakers who are most likely to be involved are the same folks who received campaign contributions from Wilkes, I did a diary last week called Hookergate: Follow The Money that traced Wilkes campaign contributions to various Republican Congressmen, including prominent memebers of the intel, defense and appropriations committees. Here's the bottom line:

Armed Services

Duncan Hunter (CA), Chairman - $43,200
Jim Saxton (NJ) - $1,500
Ken Calvert (CA)- $8,000

Appropriations

Jerry Lewis (CA), Chairman - $86,252
Bill Young (FL) - $6,500
Tom Delay (TX) - $70,000
Henry Bonilla (TX) - $19,500
Joe Knollenberg (MI) - $13,000
Robert Aderholt (AL) - $2,000
John Doolittle (CA) - $103,000
Don Sherwood (PA) - $1,000
Mark Kirk (IL) - $5,000

Select Committee on Intelligence

Peter Hoekstra (MI) - $4,000
Heather Wilson (NM) - $3,000
Darrell Issa (CA) - $5,000

Interestingly, 7 of 10 Republicans on the 1999 Intelligence Committee are on Wilkes' list:

Chairman:  Jerry Lewis (CA-40) [now CA-41] - $86,252
C.W. "Bill" Young (FL-10) - $6,500
Joe Skeen (NM-02) [retired] - $6,000
David Hobson (OH-07) - NO MONEY
Henry Bonilla (TX-23) - $19,500
George Nethercutt (WA-05) [ran for Senate] - $2,500
Ernest Jim Istook (OK-05) [running for Governor] - NO MONEY
Randy "Duke" Cunningham (CA-51) [Heh] - $106,300
Jay Dickey (AR-04) [defeated in 2000] - $1,000
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) - NO MONEY

Some other prominent Republicans ($10K+) on Wilkes List:

Roy Blunt (MO) - $21,000
Larry Craig (ID) - $43,000
Benjamin Gilman (NY) - $42,146
Robert Livingston (LA) - $10,000
Devin Gerald Nunes (CA) - $13,000
Ronald Packard (CA) - $11,000
Charles Robb (VA-Senate) - $17,000 Correction: Robb is a Democrat
Billy Tauzin (LA) - $18,587
Jerry Weller (IL) - $10,000

Quite a list.

Well, we had some fun voting for our favorite Hookergate frog march candidate, and I thought maybe we'd take another whack at it:

Originally posted to MediaFreeze on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:11 AM PDT.

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  •  poke who? (0+ / 0-)

    oh, you mean the card game.

    "Anything that's good for your heart is good for your penis." Dr. John Mulhall,New York Presbyterian Hospital

    by sayitaintso on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:11:19 AM PDT

  •  The hubris... (1+ / 0-)
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    TracieLynn
    of any Republican ever booking a room at the Watergate Hotel for any reason is what constantly amazes me in all of this. Maybe they just never heard of it. That almost sounds more likely.
  •  Tips for poke-her (1+ / 0-)
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    MO Blue

    Throw em in the pokie!

    'Events are in the saddle and ride mankind.' Emerson

    by deepsouthdoug on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:17:56 AM PDT

  •  dead Girls and live boys (0+ / 0-)

    I'm curious precisely what Harpers is trying to imply in the reference to "all male poker partiess".  Is an attempt by Foggo to deny Hookers were present, or Did he iadvertantly let a much bigger bomshell drop?

    Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

    by Magorn on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:20:48 AM PDT

  •  i think tauzin's a dem too (0+ / 0-)

    D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

    by dday on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:21:46 AM PDT

    •  No...he was a Dem switched to Thug (2+ / 0-)
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      For 15 years, Tauzin was one of the more conservative Democrats in the House. Even though he evenually rose to become an assistant majority whip, he felt shut out by some of his more liberal colleagues. When the Democrats lost control of the House after the 1994 elections, Tauzin was one of the cofounders of the House Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate-to-conservative Democrats. However, on August 8, 1995 Tauzin himself became a Republican, claiming that conservatives were no longer welcome in the Democratic Party. He soon became a majority whip, becoming the only congressman ever to serve in that position for both parties. Regardless of party, Tauzin remained very popular at home. He was reelected 12 more times, all without major-party opposition; the first ten of those completely unopposed.

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  •  Missed the best part (3+ / 0-)
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    MediaFreeze, catfish, roses

    I don't know about you, but I always like to read about an European professional dominatrix and politicos first thing in the morning. Really gets my blood going...

    I've been told by several sources that one of the people in attendance at the parties—not a current or former member of Congress—has a long international track record of Bill Clinton–style sexual indiscretions. A person with direct knowledge of the matter told me that this man—let me put this delicately—once, some years ago, while in Europe, kept company with an acquaintance whose work attire resembled Halle Berry’s in the film Catwoman. (Ma’am, if you are out there reading this, please contact ken@harpers.org immediately, as I have many questions. A translator will be provided if needed.)

    Scandals always get more interesting when kinky sex gets involved. Soon we will reach the point when gossipy tidbits like this will be par for the course.

    Anyone have any guesses as to who might have a long international track record of Clinton–style sexual indiscretions? I for one have no idea. This is only getting more and more fun each and every day.

    Ah, seems like only last century a president receiving freely given oral sex, without the expectation of lucrative government contracts in play, was the talk of the town.

    The Place of Dead Roads
    "The City of Louisiana has dodged the bullet with Hurricane Corrina."

    by Dr Benway on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:29:30 AM PDT

  •  NOT WORKSAFE: 'all-male poker party' ... (1+ / 0-)
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    pdrap

    ....at the Watergate!  Yee-ha!  Still no mention about the gender of the "prostitutes"

    "Reality has a well-known liberal bias" -Stephen Colbert (-6.38/ -4.21)

    by wonkydonkey on Tue May 09, 2006 at 10:54:39 AM PDT

  •  Ben Gilman and Chuck Robb are former members (0+ / 0-)

    of Congress and they are my favorite.
    Tauzin is no longer in Congress.
    Delay is going to have conjugal visits.

    I say lets bring down Doolittle.

  •  We also forget Katherine Harris (0+ / 0-)

    She is providing the Lobbyist her Services

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