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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-03-07 10:53 AM
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18. "... scheme to wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election...."
Another wrinkle in the U.S. attorney scandal
http://www.southernstudies.org/facingsouth/2007/03/anot...

... Griffin was named to the U.S. attorney post on Dec. 15, while it was still occupied by Bud Cummins ... Cummins resigned on Dec. 20.

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln said, Clearly, the president and his administration are aware of the difficulty it would take to get Tim Griffin confirmed through the normal process, and therefore chose to circumvent it in order to name him as interim U.S. attorney.

Why did Bush go out of his way to give Griffin the job? Critics speculate it was a reward for years of loyal service to the Republican Party. Here's his resume, as reported by the Arkansas Times:

That political work includes serving from 1995-96 as an associate independent counsel investigating
Henry Cisneros, who was President Bill Clintons secretary of housing and urban development; senior
investigative counsel to the Republican-controlled House Government Reform Committees 1997-99 inquiry
into foreign contributions to the Democratic National Committee; deputy research director for the
Republican National Committee from 1999-2000; legal adviser to the Bush/Cheney recount team in Florida
following the 2000 election; special assistant to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff from 2001-02;
and research director and deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee from 2002-05,
after which he joined the White House political affairs office.

Reporter Greg Palast today recalls a BBC story he did in 2004 which revealed an unsavory aspect of Griffin's political history:

Griffin, according to BBC Television, was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out the voting rights of
70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election.

Key voters on Griffins hit list: Black soldiers and homeless men and women.
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