Archive for the ‘RNC’ Category
Posted by nytexan on August 14, 2007
t r u t h o u t | Report: By Jason Leopold
- The Republican National Committee said it will not abide by a subpoena and turn over documents to a Congressional committee investigating the firings of at least eight US attorneys last year because the RNC is waiting to see if the White House will assert executive privilege over RNC documents at the center of the controversy, according to an outside law firm retained by the RNC.
Are they freaking kidding me!!! So let me see if I understand how Executive Privilege works; you don’t have to work in the White House or even be a passed employee of the White House staff, you just have to have associations with the Bush gang. Well crap that’s have the country that now claim executive privilege.
- The White House has asserted executive privilege to block senior administration officials from testifying before Congress about their involvement in the decision to fire the federal prosecutors. Moreover, the White House has cited executive privilege in declining to turn over specific documents to Congress that may shed further light on the circumstances behind the attorney firings. The US attorneys believe they were fired for partisan political reasons. In some instances, the US attorneys said they were pressured by Republican lawmakers and RNC operatives to file criminal charges against Democrats at the center of public corruption probes prior to last year’s midterm election as well as individual cases of voter fraud, which the attorneys said was based on weak evidence, in order to cast a dark cloud over Democratic incumbents and swing election results toward Republican challengers.
- Earlier this year, internal Justice Department documents related to behind-the-scenes discussions involving the US attorney firings revealed some Bush administration officials have primarily used email accounts maintained by the RNC to conduct official White House business in what appears to be a violation of the Presidential Records Act. The RNC is believed to have thousands of pages of documents from White House officials in its possession, dating back to 2005, that could answer lingering questions about the role the administration played in the decision to fire the US attorneys.
- The latest salvo between the RNC and Congress over the documents under subpoena sets the stage for a legal showdown between the House and RNC Chairman Robert Duncan, who Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers threatened to hold in contempt if documents and internal RNC emails relating to the Congressional probe are not turned over to his committee. Neither Conyers nor a spokesman for the congressman returned calls for comment on Monday. Presumably, any further legal action would take place when Congress returns from its summer vacation next month.
- In a letter sent on Friday to Conyers, Robert Kelner, an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, said the White House counsel’s office instructed the RNC not to “produce Category Two documents at this time.”
Posted in Bush, Congress, Conyers, Department of Justice, executive privilege, Judiciary Committee, Oversight, Politics, RNC | 3 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on August 13, 2007
Rove ‘more dangerous’ on the outside
Karl Rove may be leaving his roles as hard-nosed strategist and bookish policy expert in the Bush White House, but that doesn’t mean Democrats can rest easy.
“Karl outside the White House is more dangerous to Democrats than Karl inside the White House,” said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore’s campaign manager. Her view: He’ll have lots more free time now to dream up ways to boost President Bush’s standing, “rebrand” the GOP and conquer the 2008 electoral map.
Though Rove says he is not about to vanish from politics, the debate over the legacy of his unique dual role has begun. Some say he personifies the need to limit the power of White House political aides; others say he’s a model future presidents may want to emulate.
Rove is the epitome of intellect applied to evil goals … Rove incited Republicans into more unscrupulous behavior than they could have imagined on their own . . . He will remain the poster boy for political corruption until someone has the guts to indict him.
Posted in Bush, conspiracy, Contempt, Corruption, Deception, disinformation, DoubleSpeak, Election, Evil, Executive Branch, Hypocracy, Impeach, indictment, Inherent Contempt, intelligence, Karl Rove, Legacy, Orwellian, Politics, President, profiteers, Propaganda, Republican, RNC, Rove, The Divider, The Liar, threat, Vote, War Cost | 9 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on August 2, 2007
While Hillary and Barak try to out ‘tough’ each other, some Republicans are becoming more thoughtful about their approach to terrorism.
… there are the makings of an inverse transformation underway among GOP candidates in the way they are talking about combating terrorism. Since the 2001 attacks, Republicans have tended to mock Democratic calls for increased diplomacy and foreign aid as a way to cut off Islamic extremism at its roots, noting, among other things, that many terrorist plotters tend in fact not to come from the poorest sectors of Muslim countries.
… based on what’s being said on the campaign trail, there appears to be a growing recognition among Republicans that protecting the country may require more than military intervention and that the nation’s battered image abroad may in fact be a cause for concern.
Democrats had better get their act together. They must bring some solidarity to their solution to current war issues, health issues, education issues and social engineering (social engineering is what identity phishers do when they scam unsuspecting victims). The Republicans are still determined to socially engineer this country and take away our identity to create a nation of fundamentalist zombies.
Democrats must gather their diplomatic weapons and become a united winning party again – no more infighting – I don’t want to be a Republican Fundamentalist Zombie, and neither does the rest of the world!
Posted in candidates, Democracy, Democrat, Dominionists, Education, Election, Fundamentalist, GOP, Holy War, Hypocracy, Republican, RNC, War | 4 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on July 18, 2007
Congressional Democrats inched closer to holding Harriet Miers in contempt yesterday after the former White House Counsel reiterated her decision not to comply with subpoenas seeking testimony and documents related to the recent firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
- The House Judiciary Committee is weighing what to do next but has few options other than moving to vote Miers in criminal contempt. “They’re on the road, and whether they go fast or slow, it is the road to contempt,” says Charles Tiefer, a law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and former deputy counsel to the House.
- The committee could reach a decision soon, but the bill would then need to come up for a vote on the House floor. But even if a vote of contempt passes, the choice to prosecute lies in the hands of the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. That’s now Jeffrey Taylor, a former counselor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The D.C. U.S. attorney is not required to prosecute such cases—and in the past has refused to do so.
- The House could also vote to put Miers in “inherent contempt,” which would mean holding her in the congressional jail, though that hasn’t happened since the 1930s.
Inherent contempt would be the way to go since the U.S. Attorney probably won’t do anything to piss of Alberto and George. He’ll get a directive from Bush telling him not to do his job.
- Or Democrats could turn up the pressure on the executive branch by subpoenaing other White House officials connected to the firings. Congress has already authorized subpoenas for a number of officials, including J. Scott Jennings, deputy political affairs director; William Kelley, outgoing deputy White House counsel; and Karl Rove, Bush’s chief political adviser. However, the president is likely to assert executive privilege over their testimony, as he did with Sara Taylor, the former White House political director, who testified last week under a subpoena by the Senate.
- Another wild card is the House’s subpoena to the Republican National Committee for documents related to the firings. Conyers gave the RNC extra time yesterday for the White House to determine whether documents contain privileged material.
I love all these options. Bush can’t stonewall forever.
- But if the last most significant battle over executive privilege is any guide, resolution may not come through the legal system. In 1982, then Environmental Protection Agency Director Ann Gorsuch Burford asserted executive privilege over a congressional subpoena, leading the House to hold her in contempt. The U.S. attorney held off prosecution, but eventually the White House, under the direction of then (and now) White House Counsel Fred Fielding, negotiated a compromise that allowed Congress to view the documents.
Posted in Bush, Congress, Contempt, Conyers, Gonzales, GOP, Harriet Miers, Inherent Contempt, Judiciary Committee, News, Politics, President, Republican, RNC | 6 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on July 14, 2007
The Republican Party is a disgrace to all Americans. In their rush to sound as if they really care about “all” Americans, they continue to show their true colors…..racism and bigotry.
The GOP’s continued contempt for anyone who is not white, heterosexual or wealth is clearly exposed at the NAACP Annual Convention.
- Standing in the middle of 10 podiums, nine of them empty but waiting for Republican candidates, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo asked, “Do you think we should wait a few minutes to see if these other guys show up?”
- Ten Republican candidates were invited. The others either did not respond to the invitation or cited scheduling conflicts.
Since this is an annual event you would think the Republicans would have made arrangement. All eight Democrats showed up, I guess they figured out how to arrange their schedules. The spin on this should be interesting but not excusable.
The African Americans should be outraged at this blatant display of racism.
Where is the MSM on this. Oh I forgot something big must be happening in Hollywood.
Posted in ABC, African American, America, candidates, Election, GOP, Headlines, NAACP, News, Politics, prejudice, Racism, Republican, RNC, Tom Tancredo, Vote | 6 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on June 20, 2007
So did the RNC and the White House think Waxman would give up and their worries would be over. Not. Waxman is a focused pit bull.
From the DNC:
A new report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform finds that the White House likely violated the Presidential Records Act by using Republican National Committee (RNC) email accounts. Karl Rove alone sent or received 140,216 emails through his RNC account.
But that’s not all. There is also evidence that the RNC has systematically destroyed many email records, including all email records for 51 White House officials.
The Presidential Records Act requires the office of the President to preserve records related to official White House work.
The Oversight Committee found:
The number of White House officials given RNC email accounts is higher than previously disclosed. In March 2007, White House spokesperson Dana Perino said that only a “handful of officials” had RNC email accounts. In later statements, her estimate rose to “50 over the course of the administration.” In fact, the Committee has learned from the RNC that at least 88 White House officials had RNC email accounts.White House officials made extensive use of their RNC email accounts. The RNC has preserved 140,216 emails sent or received by Karl Rove. Over half of these emails (75,374) were sent to or received from individuals using official “.gov” email accounts. Other heavy users of RNC email accounts include former White House Director of Political Affairs Sara Taylor (66,018 emails) and Deputy Director of Political Affairs Scott Jennings (35,198 emails). These email accounts were used by White House officials for official purposes, such as communicating with federal agencies about federal appointments and policies.
There has been extensive destruction of the emails of White House officials by the RNC. Of the 88 White House officials who received RNC email accounts, the RNC has preserved no emails for 51 officials…In addition, there are major gaps in the email records of the 37 White House officials for whom the RNC did preserve emails. The RNC has preserved only 130 emails sent to Mr. Rove during President Bush’s first term and no emails sent by Mr. Rove prior to November 2003.
There is evidence that the Office of White House Counsel under Alberto Gonzales may have known that White House officials were using RNC email accounts for official business, but took no action to preserve these presidential records. In her deposition, Ms. Ralston testified that she searched Mr. Rove’s RNC email account in response to an Enron-related investigation in 2001 and the investigation of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald later in the Administration. According to Ms. Ralston, the White House Counsel’s office knew about these emails because “all of the documents we collected were then turned over to the White House Counsel’s office.” There is no evidence, however, that White House Counsel Gonzales initiated any action to ensure the preservation of the email records that were destroyed by the RNC.
Read the report from the Oversight Committee and see the full list of White House officials with RNC accounts here.
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