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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

White House, Investigate thyself

Call me skeptical. Scott J. Bloch who launched this investigation is the "head of the Office of Special Counsel and a presidential appointee."
the Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove.

The new investigation, which will examine the firing of at least one U.S. attorney, missing White House e-mails, and White House efforts to keep presidential appointees attuned to Republican political priorities, could create a substantial new problem for the Bush White House.

No, Mr. Waxman, we can't do that because we're already cooperating with an internal investigation.

And, "We cannot comment because of an ongoing investigation."

4 Comments:

  • I was a little excited when I saw the story this morning, but I see your point.

    Nonetheless, both Shuster and Isikoff seemed to think it could be politically damaging to the WH, since the Office of Special Counsel has subpoena power and lead to a drip, drip of stories that are embarrassing to the admin.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 4:11 PM  

  • I'd buy that, but I'm remembering past stalling investigations, like the Pentagon IG's looks into Feith's shop that were used as an excuse not to cooperate and to stall the Iraq intel investigation.

    But, yeah, we might get some leaks out of it, but in the end, IG's generally end up protecting the institution where they work.

    Abu Ghraib, nothing wrong. Feith Intel, nothing wrong. prewar intel, nothing wrong. Plame leak, nothing wrong. DoJ investigations, nothing wrong.

    The only time IG's really lay some wood on it is when they can pin big stuff on small fish.

    So, there may be leaks, but I'm cynical. I think this is running out the clock.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:06 PM  

  • former US attorney for New Mexico David Iglesias called into Hardball to say he thinks it's his complaint about the Purge that got the ball rolling on the investigation.

    Iglesias said he thinks Karl Rove was behind the firings.

    He wants Monica Goodling under oath to testify about who in the WH pulled strings to get DOJ to do the firings.

    He thinks the Office of Special Counsel can help get to the bottom of it.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 5:19 PM  

  • I haven't watched hardball yet, but I'm about to.

    And, I think it was Iglesias who gave this story legs. It was bloggers suspicions until he went public with his tory, the domenici call, and his suspicions.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 6:33 PM  

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