Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Is Bush’s New US Attorney A Criminal?

Okay, I felt a little like Fox News typing that title, but it is an apt question to pose.

By now you've heard about the questionable firing of perfectly good U.S. attorneys for political gain. That's bad enough.

It gets worse. Let's look at one of the attorneys that is replacing one of those who were let go:

Timothy Griffin, Karl Rove's assistant, the President's pick as US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin, according to BBC Television, was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election.

Key voters on Griffin's hit list: Black soldiers and homeless men and women. Nice guy, eh? Naughty or nice, however, is not the issue. Targeting voters where race is a factor is a felony crime under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In October 2004, our investigations team at BBC Newsnight received a series of astonishing emails from Mr. Griffin, then Research Director for the Republican National Committee. He didn't mean to send them to us. They were highly confidential memos meant only for RNC honchos.

However, Griffin made a wee mistake. Instead of sending the emails - potential evidence of a crime - to email addresses ending with the domain name "" he sent them to "@GeorgeWBush.ORG." A website run by prankster John Wooden who owns ""

Whoops! I mean, seriously, you can't write this stuff. He sent damaging emails to a spoof site? Amanda at TP has more

See BBC Newsnight Report on this subject from Oct 2004

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