OCTOBER 2 2008

1. Judiciary Committee: Pardon For Rove a Cool Idea!
2. Inside Justice's political purge
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1. Judiciary Committee: Pardon For Rove a
Cool Idea!
by Matthew Blake of the Washington Independent

....Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) then pounced on the idea, saying that if
all the committee wants is the truth, it should encourage the president
to pardon Rove, and then he can talk. He compared a pardon with
immunity for a witness who testifies in a criminal trial.

This is probably just a blip on the screen in the ongoing U.S. attorney
scandal. But it’s interesting that Issa, a critic of the committee’s
investigation, would seek out a pardon of Rove, when the “boy
genius” has yet to be charged with a crime (besides contempt of
Congress).

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2. Inside Justice's political purge
Editorial in Boston Globe

....An attorney general is free to replace US attorneys for many
reasons, but politics is not supposed to be one of them. Yet, the
investigators found "significant evidence that partisan political
considerations were an important factor in the removal of several of
the US attorneys."

The report leaves no doubt in the case of David Iglesias, a fired US
attorney from New Mexico. Senator Pete Domenici and
Representative Heather Wilson, both Republicans, complained to
Justice about Iglesias for, in their view, his failure to prosecute
allegations of vote fraud and corruption by Democrats. The
department tried to hide the true reasons for his removal, the report
concluded, with public misstatements and "disingenuous after-the-fact
rationalizations."

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photo by Smialowski/Getty Images

Alberto Gonzales, disgraced US
attorney general is claiming
President Bush directed him in the
Us Attorneys Scandal.
photo: Jim Young/Reuters

Karl Rove, refuses to testify under
oath and refuses to honor a House
Judiciary committee subpoena
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