Smell that? The turds must be blossoming!

Editorial from The New York Times:

Last year, Karl Rove defied a Congressional subpoena ordering him to testify about the politically driven hiring and firing of United States attorneys. The House Judiciary Committee has now issued another subpoena. Congress and the Obama administration should do everything they can to compel him to testify.

Americans deserve a full accounting. Monica Goodling, a top aide to Alberto Gonzales, admitted that she hired lawyers for nonpartisan jobs based on their politics. The Justice Department’s inspector general found that Bradley Schlozman, the onetime head of the civil rights division, politicized his staff and made false statements to Congress. Other witnesses have told investigators that prosecutors were allowed to keep their jobs or were fired based on whether they brought cases that helped Republicans win elections.

Original DVD cover.

Mr. Rove argues that he is protected by executive privilege. Such privilege is narrow. It applies mainly to communications closely tied to the president and must yield when prosecutors have a strong need for information about a possible crime. His claim is particularly weak because many of the communications he would be asked about do not involve the president. There is also evidence that crimes were committed at the highest ranks of government. He is no longer a presidential aide.


On the campaign trail, Barack Obama was skeptical of sweeping claims of executive privilege. We hope that he will show the same skepticism now that he is in the White House. The scandals of the Bush Justice Department will not be put to rest until all of Mr. Bush’s aides who have been subpoenaed provide Congress with the information it needs, in public and under oath.

From TPM Muckraker:

Karl Rove will cooperate with a federal criminal inquiry underway into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and has already spoken to investigators in a separate, internal DOJ investigation into the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, his attorney said in an interview.


The Justice Department’s Inspector General and its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) said in a report released last September detailing their earlier probe of the firings of the U.S. attorneys that their investigation was severely “hindered” by the refusal by Rove and other senior Bush administration officials to cooperate with the probe.

Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, said that Rove, however, will cooperate with a federal criminal probe of the firings being led by Nora Dannehy, the Acting U.S. Attorney for Connecticut who was selected by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey to lead the investigation. Dannehy has recently empaneled a federal grand jury to hear evidence in the matter.

She was selected by Mukasey? Forgive me if I’m not wildly enthusiastic.

Luskin told me that Rove had earlier not cooperated with the Inspector General and OPR probe into the firings because “it was not his [Karl’s] call… it was not up to us decide.” Luskin said that Rove was directed by the Bush White House counsel’s office not to cooperate with the Inspector General and OPR.


Justice’s Inspector General and OPR in their investigation could not compel testimony from witnesses other than that of current Justice Department employees. The two Justice Department watchdog agencies also cannot initiate criminal investigations.

But both the Inspector General and OPR can refer allegations of criminal wrongdoing to the Attorney General, who can then name a criminal prosecutor or special prosecutor to build on the earlier investigations.

Glenn A. Fine, the Inspector General, and H. Marshall Jarrett, the head of OPR, sought the appointment of a special prosecutor in the matter because they said they could not get to the bottom of the U.S. attorney firings because of the refusal by the Bush White House and the senior Bush administration officials to cooperate with their efforts.

Besides Rove, the Inspector and OPR said that former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, former White House counsel William Kelley, and Associate White House counsel, Richard Klingler, declined requests to be interviewed by investigators. The Bush White House also refused to “provide internal emails or internal documents related to the U.S. attorney removals,” citing executive privilege concerns.

In a related matter, Luskin disclosed that Rove has already been cooperating with a probe by Justice’s OPR into the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman.


While declining to discuss specifics of what Rove has told investigators regarding Siegelman, Luskin said: “What Karl has said [to investigators] is entirely consistent with what he has said publicly–that he absolutely nothing to do with this.”


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16 responses to “Smell that? The turds must be blossoming!

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    karl stinks.

    monica stinks. i about gagged yesterday when i heard her referred to as a “former doj official” “official maroon” is more like it – it was in regard to Leslie Hagen

  2. i am so glad that leslie hagen got her job back. i hope the first person she called was monica to tell her to go screw herself! 😉 ms goodling still has not been disbarred, but she was supposed to be married at the end of last year, and so far, she’s still single. i hope she got her heart broken, and i hope she has to work as a cashier at walmart for the rest of her life.

  3. jlms qkw - jenn

    without benefits.

  4. Nope, Goodling did indeed get married to Krempasky of Red State.

    Monica Goodling ‘Crosses the Line’ – Into Holy Matrimony
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:03 PM – By David Lat

    Back in February, we broke the news of the engagement of Monica Goodling — the high-powered former Justice Department lawyer, who admitted to “cross[ing] the line” into politics with respect to DOJ hiring — to Michael Krempasky, the Edelman exec and prominent conservative blogger.

    We are now pleased to announce that Goodling and Krempasky got married earlier this month. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!

    So it looks like her anniversary is on Halloween. How appropriately scary!

  5. nightowl724

    Winter-Blooming Turd Blossom (KR Blusterus Neoconus Crappus)

    Member of the Corruptus Politicus family. Norwegian origins. Bush-like flowering perennial. Squat in stature. Poisonous with obnoxious odor. Long, spiky leaves with sharp thorns and burrs. Lily-white pasty blooms with waxy petals that glow red under a black light. Brown-nosed fuzzy centers. Highly prized in certain small pockets of US for hardiness and toxic characteristics, but generally considered a weed everywhere else. Prefers well-churned strongly acidic dirt. Protect from drafts. Stems tend to droop under close inspection. Low maintenance. Self-fertilizing.

    Not to be confused with KR Blisterus Neoconus Crappus, the summer blooming variety, distinguished by its slightly sun blushed petals, which tend towards sweat.

  6. nightowl724

    nonnie, what a funny cover! And, such funny titles tonight, too! 😀

  7. good find, neon vincent. i googled, but i didn’t find it. well, i wish them nothing but unhappiness. i hope he has to visit her in jail.

  8. nightowl,
    i love that! it’s hilarious! the only thing missing is that it only grows in the shade of ugly, scraggly bushes and is best hydrated by fox piss. 😉

  9. nightowl724


  10. My Google-fu looks impressive, but it’s really quite simple. I remembered that she was engaged to one of the founders of Red State, so I googled ‘Goodling Red State’. That brought up the name of her now husband. I then googled their names in combination. The link I posted was on the first page of results.

    As for her choice of husband, it could have been worse. She could have married one of the founders of Free Republic!

  11. Nonnie,
    Too clever, Nonnie!
    (And you get extra PS credit for that chin strap on Goody-goody too.)

  12. jeb

    Very funny Nonnie and I love the choice of movie posters (I’m actually rereading the book now).

    Rove, Goodling, Gonzales, Meiers and Mukasey are all clowns and deserve every satirical portrayal tossed their way.

    However, I still boil about this. Out of all of the Bush crimes, this is one of the most serious. They swore to uphold the constitution of the United States and then proceeded to dismantle the very agency that defends the constitution. They also misused the power of this agency to persecute those they didn’t like such as Siegleman.

    Every tinhorn dictator knows that when you take power, you reshape the law to fit you. That’s what our country was supposed to stand against for years. We believe that the law is above all and no one is above the law (and I’m not so naive as to believe that there hasn’t been a case of someone in power getting out of trouble that the ordinary person would have suffered) but the concept, the principle has always been sacrosanct. These clowns, these criminals, these civics class failures never understood that the politicization of Justice was among the most un-American things they could do.

    I hope, I pray, that Obama and Holder do not choose political expediency over country. Full investigations must proceed. Any evidence of a crime must be followed to it’s end no matter who it implicates. If they don’t do this, then they will not restore the faith needed by the people to fix all of these other messes.

  13. neon vincent,
    i knew he was the idiot who started redstate, and i put that in the search, but i still didn’t get the wedding news, just the engagement. i hope they got horrible presents and choked on the wedding cake.

  14. thanks, michael hart! 🙂
    it’s the little details that make the difference. they are my favorite part of posters.

  15. amen to all you said, jeb. when i think of the chimpy justice department (an oxymoron if i ever heard one), i think of judgement at nuremberg. it’s not hyperbole. it’s the very frightening truth that such things actually happened in this country.