Sifting the documents -- UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sifting the documents -- UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 8:41 AM

We thought we'd found most of the juicy Arkansas stuff in the Justice Department document drop on U.S. attorneygate -- how Bud Cummins' wife is ticked at Tim Griffin; how Cummins thinks Griffin and the White House screwed things up; how Justice claimed pregnancy prevented promotion of a Cummins assistant to interim U.S. attorney when calling pregnancy a disability can get you sued in private enterprise; the scheming to cook up a lie on Griffin's appointment, etc.

Alas, we missed some stuff..

Radar, which we found thanks to a tip from Wonkette, finds this morsel:

One of the most controversial judicial appointments was that of J. Timothy Griffin, whose strongest qualifications for being named the U.S. attorney for Arkansas were that he worked as Karl Rove's assistant in 2005 and did opposition research for the Republicans during the 2000 campaign. In an e-mail to Monica Goodling, the Justice Department's liaison to the White House, Griffin passes along a few references that don't pop up on his resumé. "I am good friends with both chiefs of staff to [Arkansas Senators] Pryor and Lincoln. Pryor's chief of staff is a good friend and Lincoln's was my high school girlfriend," Griffin writes. "Should I say anything to them? I would hate for my senators to be told without my peeps knowing? [sic]" The former girlfriend reference—always a solid way into a job as U.S. attorney!

Page 45: Bud Cummins, the U.S. attorney fired to make room for the aforementioned high school swordsman, is a Rove crony [no, that's Griffin] who felt threatened enough by officials at the Justice Department that he resorted to fightin' words inspired by Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.. "I was tempted to challenge him and say something movie-like such as 'are you threatening ME???,' but instead I kind of shrugged it off," Cummins writes in an e-mail describing Justice Department pressure on him to keep his mouth shut about his dismissal. "They feel like [if] any of us intend to continue to offer quotes to the press, or organize behind the scenes congressional pressure, then they would feel forced to somehow pull their gloves off."

And, you know, go all Raging Bull.

Pryor (Bob Russell) and Lincoln (Elizabeth Burks) chiefs of staff, y'all have some splainin' to do.

UPDATE: In case you didn't get it, we were joking about the needed explaining. Since Pryor and Lincoln have led opposition to this palace coup, whatever relationship Griffin might have had hasn't served him well.

But now add this statement from a Lincoln spokesman re Griffin's claim about Burks being his high school "girlfriend."

"Tim Griffin's claim is absolutely untrue," the spokesman said. Griffin, one year older than Burks, had one overlapping year with her at Magnolia High School. They never dated, the spokesman said.

Too late, sorry to say, for Warwick and David to ask him about this during taping  of the "Unconventional Wisdom" show to be aired Friday night.

 

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • UPDATE: Hutchinson moves to cover himself on cut to War Memorial Stadium

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • Trump's strangulation of Obamacare

    If he can't kill it outright, Donald Trump will do all he can to cripple Obamacare. Vox has detailed reporting on deep cuts in federal spending that support nonprofit agencies that help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Sep 18, 2017

Most Shared

  • Industrial hemp pilot program coming soon to Arkansas

    One of the booths at this week's Ark-La-Tex Medical Cannabis Expo was hosted by the Arkansas Hemp Association, a trade group founded to promote and expand non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the state. AHA Vice President Jeremy Fisher said the first licenses to grow experimental plots of hemp in the state should be issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board next spring.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation