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WAPO: Karl Rove Knew Former Bond Staffer Van Eaton Was Trying to Fire Todd Graves

July 31st, 2009 by MarkTwain · No Comments

“I don’t remember any conversation like that from four years ago.”“Political Pygmy” Jason Van Eaton

“It is breathtaking that Jason Van Eaton, a political pygmy, was able to use the power and majesty of the United States Senate to settle a petty personal political squabble.” – Political consultant Jeff Roe

It looks like this story is about to heat up again…at least at the national level. As usual, Missouri’s drive by media is asleep at the wheel again. They’re much more focused on providing us fantastic scoops like Rep. Cynthia Davis securing a concealed and carry weapons permit and Senate candidates announcing their intentions on a Sunday.

Ironically, the K.C. Stars’ Prime Buzz (arguably the worst of Missouri’s newspaper political blogs) at least had a blurb and link on their site yesterday. The state of journalism today is really sad!

From The Washington Post:

Political adviser Karl Rove and other high-ranking figures in the Bush White House played a greater role than previously understood in the firing of federal prosecutors almost three years ago, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, in a scandal that led to mass Justice Department resignations and an ongoing criminal probe.

The e-mails and new interviews with key participants reflect contacts among Rove, aides in the Bush political affairs office and White House lawyers about the dismissal of three of the nine U.S. attorneys fired in 2006: New Mexico’s David C. Iglesias, the focus of ire from GOP lawmakers; Missouri’s Todd Graves, who had clashed with one of Rove’s former clients.

Graves, the U.S. attorney in Missouri, was removed after staff members of Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond (R) repeatedly complained to the White House, according to interviews and the inspector general. Rove, who had done political consulting work for Bond, said in the interview that he did not play any role in Graves’s dismissal, including transmitting complaints.

U.S. Attorney Nora R. Dannehy continues to investigate whether the firings of the prosecutors and the political firestorm that followed could form the basis of possible criminal charges such as making false statements or obstruction of justice. Read more…


Video: Sen. Bond On Todd Graves

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Tags: Jason Van Eaton · Jeff Roe · Media Bias · Senator. Kit Bond

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  • 1 Nick // Jul 31, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Of course, ANYONE looks like a pygmy next to Jeff Roe.

    I’m glad your site sought out a completely unbiased source, though-Lord knows that Roe has NO reason to be hateful of Van Eaton.

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