THE UNDERLYING CRIME: White House Interference into a U.S. Attorney’s Criminal Investigation in Missouri
High-Level White House, DoJ, Rove Operatives Went to Work While now-Fired Prosecutor Bud Cummins’ Was Building a Case Against Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and the WH Connected MO Law Firm Lathrope & Gage…
“You have to firewall politics out of the Department of Justice. Because once it gets in, people question every decision you make,” the former U.S. Attorney from Arkansas, Bud Cummins, told the Los Angeles Times in March. “Now I keep asking myself: ‘What about the Blunt deal?'”
What about the Blunt deal, indeed.
Last Thursday we began piecing together a few previously unconnected dots in the firing of Cummins. The dots connected appear to lay out a fairly straight arrow into the the highest levels of the White House. At least if you’re familiar with some of the players, who they know, and what they do for a living.
Since we’ve been reporting on the high-level (just about as high as they get) GOP operative, Mark F. “Thor” Hearne, for some years now at The BRAD BLOG, the connection was made quite easily once we tripped upon a key fact: Hearne’s Missouri law firm, Lathrop & Gage LC, was at the center of a criminal investigation by Cummins’ office. That investigation had come to public light just before Cummins’ sudden — and still unexplained — dismissal. He was replaced by Karl Rove aide, Timothy Griffin.
While the Republican Punditocracy has been running around desperately repeating the old Scooter Libby-era chestnut “No Underlying Crime!” over the days since Gonzales’ woeful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, we’ve been looking more into the Cummins/Hearne/Rove/White House nexus which seems to fairly scream out “Underlying Crime!” on just its face.
And others in the blogosphere, it seems, seem to be quite ready to burst as well with news on this element of the U.S. Attorney firings. Through information from some of those reports along with a few tips, we’ve been able to connect a few more disturbing dots since Thursday…