The permanent Republican majority: Daughter of jailed governor sees White House hand in her father’s fall
Published: Tuesday November 27, 2007
Part two of a Raw Story Investigates series on the architects and the execution of backroom Republican politics
In Part II of the RSI special investigation, The Permanent Republican Majority, the daughter of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman sits down for an exclusive interview about the familyâ€™s ordeal and her fatherâ€™s case.
To fully understand what the Don Siegelman case is about, please see â€œPart I â€“ The Political Prisonerâ€ of this series.
Throughout a week of phone and email discussions, Ms. Siegelman spoke and wrote about her fatherâ€™s conviction and imprisonment on bribery and conspiracy charges and about the continued harassment of the family and those around them. The family home was broken into. Her fatherâ€™s attorney had his office ransacked. Even the key whistleblower in the case â€“ Dana Jill Simpson â€“ had her house burned down and her car run off the road.
She maintained throughout all of these communications that Karl Rove â€“ the former White House Chief of Staff â€“ helped engineer her fatherâ€™s fate with the help of two judges and two US Attorneys.
Indeed, Republican attorney and whistleblower Simpson testified that Bush-appointed Federal Judge Mark Fuller, who presided over Siegelman’s trial, was selected in advance by Alabama Republican operatives working in concert with the US Justice Department. That department was then headed by Alberto Gonzales, who has recently resigned in disgrace.