USA: McNulty resigns, Bush Justice Department cover-up unraveling

By Patrick Martin:

After resignation of Gonzales deputy

Bush Justice Department cover-up unraveling

16 May 2007

The resignation of deputy attorney general Paul J. McNulty Monday is another blow to the Bush administration’s efforts to maintain the cover-up of the circumstances behind the firing of eight US attorneys and the forced resignations of several others.

The resignation came only hours after the Washington Post reported new evidence that the US attorneys were fired as part of a deliberate campaign by Republican political operatives to instigate phony “vote fraud” prosecutions and intimidate Democratic voters.

While McNulty made the politically obligatory claim that he was leaving his position after only 18 months on the job because of the “financial realities” of putting his children through college, there is no doubt that his departure is directly connected to the mushrooming scandal over the firing of the federal prosecutors, and the ensuing finger-pointing within top administration circles.

With his departure, every top Justice official directly involved in the firings last December has left the department, with the exception of their ultimate boss, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

See also here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Bush administration domestic spying: here.

Attorney General Gonzales helped cover up Bush drunken driving conviction: here.

3 thoughts on “USA: McNulty resigns, Bush Justice Department cover-up unraveling

  1. US Attorney Resigns Following Conyers’ Request for BBC Documents
    Posted by: “Jack” bongo_fury2004
    Sun Jun 3, 2007 6:54 am (PST)
    US Attorney Resigns Following Conyers’ Request for BBC Documents
    by Greg Palast
    June 1, 2007

    Tim Griffin, formerly right hand man to Karl Rove, resigned Thursday as
    US Attorney for Arkansas hours after BBC Television ‘Newsnight’ reported
    that Congressman John Conyers requested the network’s evidence on
    Griffin’s involvement in ‘caging voters.’ Greg Palast, reporting for BBC
    Newsnight, obtained a series of confidential emails from the 2004
    Bush-Cheney campaign. In these emails, Griffin, then the GOP Deputy
    Communications Director, transmitted so-called ‘caging lists’ of voters
    to state party leaders.

    Experts have concluded the caging lists were designed for a mass
    challenge of voters’ right to cast ballots. The caging lists were
    heavily weighted with minority voters including homeless individuals,
    students and soldiers sent overseas.

    Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee investigating the
    firing of US Attorneys, met Thursday evening in New York with Palast.
    After reviewing key documents, Conyers stated that, despite Griffin’s
    resignation, “We’re not through with him by any means.”

    Conyers indicated to the BBC that he thought it unlikely that Griffin
    could carry out this massive ‘caging’ operation without the knowledge of
    White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rove.

    Griffin has not responded to requests by BBC to explain this ‘caging’
    operation. However, in emails subpoenaed by Conyers’ committee, Griffin
    complains to Monica Goodling, an assistant to Attorney General Alberto
    Gonzales, about the BBC reporter’s reproduction of caging lists in
    Palast’s book, “Armed Madhouse.”

    In the email dated February 5 of this year, Griffin stated that the
    purpose of ‘caging’ was to identify “fraudulent” voters. This
    contradicts one explanation of the Bush campaign to BBC that the lists
    were of potential donors and not in any way created to challenge voters.

    Griffin confidentially wrote: “The real story is this: There were
    thousands of reported illegal/fake voter registrations around the
    country, so some of the Republican State Parties mailed letters
    welcoming new voters to the newly registered voters. … The Republican
    State Parties ultimately wanted to show that thousands of fraudulent
    registrations had been completed.”

    Last Wednesday, Goodling testified under a grant of immunity before the
    House Judiciary Committee that Gonzales’ Deputy Paul McNulty, “failed to
    disclose that he had some knowledge of allegations that Tim Griffin had
    been involved in vote ‘caging’ during his work on the President’s 2004

    Goodling’s testimony prompted Conyers’ request to the BBC for the
    Griffin emails.

    Last night Palast showed Conyers a Griffin email from August 2004
    indicating that Griffin not only knew of ‘caging,’ but directed the

    And check out this story from Slate: Raging Caging – What the heck is
    vote caging, and why should we care? Here:

    Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, ARMED
    MADHOUSE: From Baghdad to New Orleans — Sordid Secrets and Strange
    Tales of a White House Gone Wild. For information, go to


  2. Impeach Alberto Gonzales

    Today (Monday) the Senate will vote on a “no-confidence” resolution against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for lying about … well, everything. Of couse we want all Senators to vote “yes” but that’s not nearly enough for the man who authorized illegal wiretapping of thousands (millions?) of U.S. citizens and illegal torture of anyone Emperor Bush deems an “enemy combatant.” For those and other reasons, tell your Senators and Representatives to Impeach Alberto Gonzales:

    Sun, 10 Jun 2007


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