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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Justice Department purge

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM

More evidence emerges of Karl Rove's hand in the firing of U.S. Attorney Iglesias in New Mexico. This from a huge document dump that seems likely to include references to Bud Cummins' ouster in Little Rock in favor of a White House political operative, Tim Griffin. This notes Griffin was a White House intermediary on the Igelsias ouster.

UPDATE: Sure enough, here's a note on Rich Lowry of National Review offering to provide PR cover for Griffin because Sen. Mark Pryor had made his appointment a "cause."

And there's this, the purge in one case included a deal brokered to put an Arkansan (Bobby E. Shepherd of El Dorado) on the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  From a a House Democratic summary of new information in the document release, all taken directly from White House and RNC e-mail.

Todd Graves removed in Rove-approved deal with Republican Senator - Kansas City U.S. Attorney Todd Graves was removed as part of a White House-brokered deal with U.S. Senator Kit Bond. In exchange for the administration firing Graves, Senator Bond agreed to lift his hold on an Arkansas judge nominated to the Eighth Circuit federal appeals court. A White House e-mail stated that "Karl is fine" with the proposal.

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