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Eubanks: Bush Junta Sabotaged My Case Against Big Tobacco

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2007

The crap has hit the fan, kiddies:

Prosecutor Says Bush Appointees Interfered With Tobacco Case

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 22, 2007; A01

The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government’s racketeering case.

Sharon Y. Eubanks said Bush loyalists in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales’s office began micromanaging the team’s strategy in the final weeks of the 2005 trial, to the detriment of the government’s claim that the industry had conspired to lie to U.S. smokers.

She said a supervisor demanded that she and her trial team drop recommendations that tobacco executives be removed from their corporate positions as a possible penalty. He and two others instructed her to tell key witnesses to change their testimony. And they ordered Eubanks to read verbatim a closing argument they had rewritten for her, she said.

“The political people were pushing the buttons and ordering us to say what we said,” Eubanks said. “And because of that, we failed to zealously represent the interests of the American public.”

Can you say “obstruction of justice”, kiddies? I knew you could.

Go read the whole thing. It’s unbelieveable.

I understand that Chuck Schumer was on Countdown tonight saying that there are a lot of disgruntled Justice Department employees and that Bush’s people have two choices: They can see it all come out at once, or see it dribble out like this, a little at a time, just enough to keep BushCo off balance at the very least.

Posted in GOP bullying, madness of King George, obstruction of justice, tobacco, US attorney firings, US Attorney scandal, WTF? | 1 Comment »

More Like This, Please

Posted by MEC on March 21, 2007

The New York Times calls ’em like we see ’em.

In nasty and bumbling comments made at the White House yesterday, President Bush declared that “people just need to hear the truth” about the firing of eight United States attorneys. That’s right. Unfortunately, the deal Mr. Bush offered Congress to make White House officials available for “interviews” did not come close to meeting that standard.

Mr. Bush’s proposal was a formula for hiding the truth, and for protecting the president and his staff from a legitimate inquiry by Congress.


It is hard to imagine what, besides evading responsibility, the White House had in mind. Why would anyone refuse to take an oath on a matter like this, unless he were not fully committed to telling the truth? And why would Congress accept that idea, especially in an investigation that has already been marked by repeated false and misleading statements from administration officials?

The White House notes that making misrepresentations to Congress is illegal, even if no oath is taken. But that seems to be where the lack of a transcript comes in. It would be hard to prove what Mr. Rove and others said if no official record existed.


The White House argued that presidential advisers rarely testify before Congress, but that is simply not true.


This is an administration that has shown over and over that it does not believe that the laws apply to it, and that it does not respect its co-equal branches of government.

Whew! Who, at long last, lit the fire of righteousness under the Times editorial board?

Posted in dope slaps for Dubya, real journalism | 1 Comment »

Brad Miller Speaks. You Listen.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2007

Representative Brad Miller (D-NC), over at DKos, reminds us that even as the Bushistas whine about coughing up two thousand pages of documents in the US Attorney scandal that cover a period of several months, the Clinton administration cranked out four thousand pages of documents a day for every day Congress was in session during those eight years.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by Charles II on March 21, 2007

Republican voters know they’re suckers. “I believe in low taxes, smaller government, and minding our own business internationally,” a pal tells me.




“I know, I know,” he interrupts. “I just can’t bring myself to vote for a Democrat….


“Sixty-four percent of Republican voters say they wouldn’t vote for a gay man; 62 percent say they’d refuse to support a candidate who’d cheated on his wife. Yet Rudy Giuliani, the thrice-married ex-New York mayor who humiliated his wife by inviting his mistress to official events–and has been repeatedly photographed wearing a dress–is running 25 points ahead of his nearest rival in the latest poll of the very same Republican voters.

                                     —Ted Rall

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Historians Condemn the War

Posted by MEC on March 21, 2007

Members of the American Historical Association have ratified the “Resolution on United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession”, with 75% voting in favor of the resolution.

Here’s the resolution:

Read the rest of this entry »

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Halliburton Polls

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2007

Arianna Huffington explains what should be obvious: That it’s tough to do reliable Western-style polling in a place where people are shot at for talking to Westerners.

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What Was That Again About Innocent People Having Nothing To Fear, George?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 21, 2007

Why does George W. Bush fear seeing Karl Rove do what so many White House advisors in the past have done before him — testify under oath before an open session of Congress?

Gee, you’d think he was guilty of something.

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