You Knew It Was Going To Happen

The alternate RNC email accounts the White House was using to talk about the effective dismantling of the Justice Department? It turns out they got lost. The White House just can’t find them anywhere. They called the Geek Squad and everything. And now the Democrats are going to try to manipulate a simple IT problem to score political points. Because turning the United States Justice Department into a Party Apparatus is political. To even question it is political. Gutting federal civil rights enforcement, suppressing minority and poor voting to rig elections, and gross corruption are simply political issues.

Hasn’t it pretty much been a coup d’etat? (Not bloodless, either.)

It’s almost over, though. I think the White House will simply try to run out the clock, most likely in court, over issues of Executive Privilege. And, it appears, simply lose documents or get foggy memories when the Privilege option isn’t there.

But…

Is that going to fly? I mean, really, is claiming to accidentally lose all the emails something they are going to get a pass on? After everything else that has happened? Is that really OK? If so, what’s not OK for an Administration or President to try? (If you read only one link in this story, that’s the one.) Is it OK if they lose documents again or, if convenient, falsify documents again? (Did I mention I had yellowcake for my birthday tonight?)

If they can stick to legal disputes surrounding Executive Privilege, they have a chance to make it to ’08. If they have to produce documents, time will run out on them. And when that happens…what happens? Things could could get awfully weird politically, socially and legally, but it’s hard for me to see the White House ever giving in if push comes to shove.  Does Bush ever walk up that big airline staircase, turn and wave Nixon-style?

Not a chance, unless they find those emails.

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4 Responses to You Knew It Was Going To Happen

  1. “In response, prosecutor James Broughner argued that a deer carcass is still an animal – pointing out that in his statement to police, Hathaway called the corpse a ‘dead deer,’ demonstrating that he still thought of it as an animal.”

    I love the implication — that when you eat meat you don’t think of it as an animal any more. I guess for a lot of people (most?) that is the way it is, but as a legal argument is seems crazy (which, I suppose, means I agree that a corpse of an animal is not an “animal”).

    “Judge Michael Lucci noted when hearing the arguments that: ‘I’m a little surprised this issue hasn’t been tackled before in another case.'”

    Yes, shocking there haven’t been more cases of prosecuting people for necrobestiality. Shocking, I say.

  2. kelly says:

    Those emails aren’t gone. Between backups, recovered drives, etc. Someone may have erased them, or even thrown the mail server in the Potomac, but they are around. With crap like that going on, at least one of the shady people involved kept copies for protection, extortion, or bribery.

  3. kelly says:

    President Bush’s aides are lying about White House e-mails sent on a Republican account that might have been lost, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy suggested Thursday, vowing to subpoena those documents if the administration fails to cough them up.

    “They say they have not been preserved. I don’t believe that!” Leahy shouted from the Senate floor.

    “You can’t erase e-mails, not today. They’ve gone through too many servers,” said Leahy, D-Vermont “Those e-mails are there, they just don’t want to produce them. We’ll subpoena them if necessary.” (Watch Sen. Leahy compare the missing e-mail to Watergate tapes Video)

    White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said there is no effort to purposely keep the e-mails under wraps, and that the counsel’s office is doing everything it can to recover any that were lost.

    “The purpose of our review is to make every reasonable effort to recover potentially lost e-mails, and that is why we’ve been in contact with forensic experts,” he said. (Read about the White House e-mail)

    Leahy scoffed.

    “I’ve got a teenage kid in my neighborhood that can go get ’em for them,” he told reporters later.

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