If you have "no place to go," come here! Today: ThinkProgress Buries a Lede


Very seldom can this be said, but it looks to me like ThinkProgress got so excited by a story that they didn't (yet) absorb the other, really explosive, story inside it. Check this out:

Justice Department documents released tonight include new emails linking Karl Rove’s top aides — former White House political director Sara Taylor, who resigned last month, and her deputy Scott Jennings — to the U.S. attorney scandal. Subpoenas have been authorized, but not approved, for both Taylor and Jennings.

Significant, sure. Illegal as shit, well, duh! This goes without saying for this crew. But way down the story this sorta leaps out:

The messages from Taylor and Jennings to the Justice officials are sent from their Republican National Committee email accounts.

Now can we get those subpoenas to Chattanooga Rep. Waxman? There is no longer any way anybody can claim that "those and and other Smartech emails were just used for political matters." These mails were entirely about government business, to wit the US Attorney positions. They should have gone through the legal, mandatory, US Archivist-recorded .gov email system. They did not. Case fucking closed already, dammit.

Rove can call it a fishing expedition all he wants. At one point it might have been possible to negotiate using seine nets and bottom trawlers. Rove figured he was gonna get away with it yet again so he went all-in. It's time to go fishing with dynamite.

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Submitted by lambert on

McClatchy gets it:

hen-White House political affairs director Sara Taylor spelled out her frustrations in a Feb. 16 e-mail to Kyle Sampson, then the chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

She sent the message after Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty told the Senate that unlike other federal prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins wasn't fired for performance reasons, but to make way for former Republican political operative Tim Griffin. Griffin, serving as the interim U.S. attorney, then announced that he wouldn't seek confirmation to the Arkansas post, but would remain until the Senate confirmed someone else. Griffin has since resigned.

"Tim was put in a horrible position; hung out to dry w/ no heads up," Taylor lashed out in the e-mail, which was sent from a Republican Party account rather than from her White House e-mail address. "This is not good for his long-term career."

What a shame. Republican operative Griffin won't be able to punch a ticket on his way to a infesting a judgeship.

As CD was wont to say, I'm playing the world's smallest violin.
No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.

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Submitted by intranets on

Ya *think* they knew certain emails were for private, non-logged, "un-official", official business. These are worse than the Brownie emails.

Seriously, I thought the caging list emails and joking was insane.. but really...

(FYI, anywhere you see 'Sara Taylor' in the OAG Lotus Notes headers, that is a shortcut to, the "not-official business" email address.)

The following are best read in a thick 'Sopranos'-themed character accent.

From: Sara Taylor []
Sent: Wednesday, February 07,2007 10:09 AM
To: Sampson, Kyle
Subject: FW: USAT - Prosecutor fired so ex-Rove aide could get his job
I normally don't like attacking our friends, but since Bud Cummins is talking to everyone - why don't we tell the deal on him?

From: Sara Taylor []
To: Sampson, Kyle
Sent: Fri Feb 16 08:47:02 2007
Subject: RE: McNulty Strikes Again
Tim was put in a horrible position; hung to dry w/ no heads up. You forced him to do what he did; this is not good for his long-term career. Bud runs a campaign and McNulty refuses to say Bud is lazy -- which is why we got rid of him in the first place.

Tell me how exactly this is RNC business??? She even copies her official email address. Shouldn't that be OBVIOUS to everyone they knew what was going on here, they just got lazy with the two email systems. (We don't want to imply we would actually listen to the Senator we worked to hard to circumvent.. lol)

From: Sara Taylor []
Sent: Thursday January 25, 2007 10:49AM
To: Sampson, Kyle;;
Subject: Re: FOR YOUR REVIEW -- DOJ response to Pryor letter re Griffin
I'm concerned we imply that we'll pull down Griffin's nominiation should Pryor object.

I wonder if there is a {} (purposefully intended to have multiple meanings ;) ) Also, do you think Coptix folks would get a Hardee Har Har over these emails?

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On page 57 (OAG000001795) at the very bottom there is an email from Harriet Miers to William Kelley that reads:

"I am quite surprised that we would engage on whether a personnel action on a Presidential appointment is justified for the reasons I have stated earlier. We can see what the Chief thinks."

Is "the Chief" she's referring to the President? The AG?

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Submitted by pilgrimspring on

It seems that no one wants to be responsible for creating the firestorm that leads to impeachment, even McClatchy. Is it surprising? With the new rules that Homeland Security are playing by every one of us can be 'picked up' and 'held' without cause at any time, in any place. It seems to me that even those that are in the Lede trying to 'wake us up to the crimes' being committed by this administration are not willing to come forward with bright colored banners proclaiming the felonies and naming the felons. Can't blame them too much, it's business. Sad business. Scary business!