Remember those five million or so missing White House emails .. ? It seems that BushCo have been trying to give Americans the slip, but because we are not as stupid as BushCo, we are not deceived.
As if the Gonzales fiasco was not enough, "the Bush administration and its chief strategist may be about to face a whole new problem," reports CNN's American Morning.
Apparently, the Office of Special Counsel is about to launch a sweeping investigation into Karl Rove's political operations. Ooooh, goody!
Among other things, the investigation will "likely hit most -- if not all -- Cabinet agencies, asking them about contacts with the White House," investigative reporter Tom Hamburger said. "They'll also be looking for these missing White House e-mails..."
Cited story. Includes streaming CNN video.
nope, just a devil.
The Office of Special Counsel undertakes sweeping investigations alright - the 'under the rug' kind. Scott Bloch, it's head, routinely dumps or scuttles whistleblower investigations. Think of Sibel Edmonds. He also forced out his senior staff, got rid of competitive hiring practices, and then started hiring recent grads of Ave Maria, a law school recently founded by conservative catholic Tom Monaghan. What did Scott Bloch do before he was head of the OSC? He was the deputy secretary of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives, of course.
Basically, this is the administration's way of sabotaging congressional investigations. Bloch will give immunity to important witnesses, subpoena and sit on important evidence, and maybe slap down a straw man. The only hope is that congress steps up its investigation of the OSC's handling of whistleblower and Hatch act cases and drops Bloch before he can do much damage.
Follow-up: Justice Withholds Attorney Firings Memos: The Justice Department released a list of internal documents Thursday focusing on lawmakers' concerns and media questions about the firings of eight federal prosecutors, but the department resisted congressional demands for copies of the memos.
The list of 159 e-mails and memos, spanning nearly three months, at the least demonstrates concern about how the dismissals were being publicly received before they erupted into a firestorm that has resulted in calls for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign.
The small pile of documents, sent to Capitol Hill on Thursday night, also included articles published in The Washington Post and The New York Times that quoted unidentified Justice officials justifying the firings. A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said congressional investigators requested those two stories to determine who the unidentified officials were.
The new documents were released on the eve of closed-door congressional testimony by Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty on Friday. Documents listed as not being released were all authored by Kyle Sampson, Gonzales' former chief of staff, who resigned March 12 over the handling of the firings.