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Ashcroft and Rove

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Here's an interesting tidbit from the NYTimes about how close Mr. Ascroft and Karl Rove are/were. Can Mr. Ashcroft be fair when investigating the Karl Rove/CIA exposure?

Deep political ties between top White House aides and Attorney General John Ashcroft have put him into a delicate position as the Justice Department begins a full investigation into whether administration officials illegally disclosed the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer.

Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, whose possible role in the case has raised questions, was a paid consultant to three of Mr. Ashcroft's campaigns in Missouri, twice for governor and for United States senator, in the 1980's and 1990's, an associate of Mr. Rove said on Wednesday.

Jack Oliver, the deputy finance chairman of Mr. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, was the director of Mr. Ashcroft's 1994 Senate campaign, and later worked as Mr. Ashcroft's deputy chief of staff.

Those connections led Democrats on Wednesday to assert that Mr. Rove's connections to Mr. Ashcroft amounted to a clear conflict of interest and undermined the integrity of the investigation. The disclosures have also emboldened Democrats who have called for the appointment of an outside counsel.
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Oh, pshaw! Ashcroft can be fair when investigating Rove's (or any of Rove's associates') potential roles in the whole affair! Do you remember when, during Ashcroft's confirmation hearings, he was asked about some of his controversial positions on the law and whether he can be trusted, given those positions, to uphold the law fairly and firmly, even if contrary to those positions? And he said yes, he could? And see how well he's done to date in that regard?? (eg, civil liberties, federal death penalty, assisted suicide in Oregon, etc. etc. etc.) Well, so there you go!
Like I mentioned in the companion thread, either way (DOJ or outside counsel) is fine with me. Especially when one considers this:
and this:

and this:

I am giggling at the thought of what those smarmy little shits who thought this leak was a good idea back back in July are doing now.
And this news can't make the leakers feel an better:
Americans' Confidence In Bush Has Dropped, Poll Shows

Americans' Confidence in Bush Has Dropped, Poll Shows
not off topic...not exactly on topic...

You know the tragedy of this whole sitaution and the part of it that had got many CIA agents pissed is that revealing ambassadore Wilson's wife as an operative puts many people's lives in jeopardy.
Every person who had a meeting with her in hostile countries and enviroments could easily put two and two together and take matters in their own hands and kill those people who met with her. Some who may have had a simple lunch with her.
that's why you don't reveal operatives.

thanks, Robert Novak. and your sources!

My guess is someone will take the hit in the administration and end up with a fat lucrative job making way more money than anyone on this board with some pharm industry or other industry that is in tight with this administration. Gross.
and why do you think that, George?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) said on Tuesday he did not know whether a federal probe would find the source of a news leak identifying a CIA (news - web sites) operative whose husband had criticized administration policy on Iraq (news - web sites).

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"I have no idea whether we'll find out who the leaker is," Bush told reporters after met with his Cabinet. "I'd like to. I want to know the truth."

what a lying sack of .....
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