Document analyst -- UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Friday, April 13, 2007

Document analyst -- UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 10:08 PM

A reader forwards this e-mail related to the Justice Department document dump we mentioned earlier. I haven't analyzed it. But I invite others with an interest in the subject to go to the documents, compare notes and see what you think:

Regarding the White House Attorney general story in Washington: in the mass of DOJ documents posted by the House Judiciary Comm. today I noticed that a number of e-mails sent to DOJ by the current U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Tim Griffin, were sent from a private e-mail account (griffinjag@comcast.net ). These are all from after his (now controversial) appointment in Dec. 2006. These are all from DOJ Document Set 3 (follow the link above):
 
Page 73. E-mail  regarding 2-7-07 meeting with Schumer staff: Tim Griffin sent the notice using a griffinjag@comcast.net e-mail. Doesn't appear he forwarded another message but probably copied & pasted it into the e-mail.


Page 85. Griffin using same Comcast account to contact Kyle Sampson.


Page 86. Griffin again on Comcast e-mailing Richard Hertling (Assistant Atty General). Upset about a Bud Cummins article in the Arkansas Gazette-Democrat.


There may be other examples in the document dump from today, I'm not certain.
 
I should think it'd be worth asking him why, after becoming a U.S attorney, he continued using a private e-mail account to contact the DOJ about matters related to DOJ practices. This is a practice now causing a scandal in DC and might be contrary to federal regulations.
 
I'm sure he has a very simple, straightforward explanation, but it sure would be nice to hear it.

So, Tim?

UPDATE: Stephens Media's Aaron Sadler dug deeper into the records and unearthed some Griffin talking points, including a note to emphasize his JAG corps experience (since debunked as much thinner than the White House has tried to portray it). Griffin also declined to do any further spinning when contacted by Sadler. Here's NY Times on this burgeoning scandal.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • John Goodson and others add lawyers for hearing on forum shopping

    Lawyers facing federal court sanctions for forum shopping a class action insurance case have brought in new legal guns from out of state to fight potential sanctions.
    • May 26, 2016
  • The two cities of Little Rock: East/west, black/white

    The Little Rock City Board illustrated this week a community divided over public schools, another blow to the Little Rock School District and another illustration of the need for ward elections to the board.
    • Mar 23, 2017
  • Lawyers plead for mercy in Fort Smith forum shopping case

    Twelve of the lawyers facing punishment by federal Judge P.K. Holmes in Fort Smith for moving a class action case against an insurance company out of his court to a state court where it was speedily settled have filed their argument against sanctions.
    • Jun 16, 2016

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.
  • The prayers of Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert is keeping a close eye on the Alabama Senate race.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

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