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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 11:45 PM
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Officials at W. H. discuss Bartlett or Mehlman as Rove replacements
Given the political ramifications attached to Mr. Fitzgerald's decisions, officials at the White House have begun discussing what would happen if Mr. Rove was indicted.

Among the names being discussed to take some of Mr. Rove's responsibilities should he have to step aside, an outside adviser to the White House said, are Dan Bartlett, currently Mr. Bush's counselor; Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican National Committee; and Robert M. Kimmitt, the deputy Treasury secretary.

Under Justice Department regulations, it is not clear whether Mr. Fitzgerald has the authority to issue a final report, even if he wanted to, although he has operated under a broad delegation of authority, issued in a pair of letters by James B. Comey, the former deputy attorney general. Those directives gave Mr. Fitzgerald virtually the same power as the attorney general to conduct criminal inquiries.

But even the attorney general is restricted in what information he can release publicly or present to Congress when it has been obtained, as Mr. Fitzgerald has gathered it, through extensive use of a grand jury, whose proceedings are secret. Even so, some lawyers have argued that Mr. Fitzgerald could issue such a report and have said there is general authority to report his findings if they are requested by Congress.

http://nytimes.com/2005/10/19/politics/19leak.html?hp&e...

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FormerRepublican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 11:49 PM
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1. Just what we need...
...Gumby back in the White House spewing more propaganda.

I say let the indictments sweep them all from office so we don't have to worry which revolting alternative might be appointed.

I really, REALLY can't stomach these pigs.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:42 AM
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2. "spewing more propaganda"
My guess is that if there are indictments, more propaganda will be a low priority. It's going to be cya 24/7 because of one big-ass investigation after another.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:45 AM
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3. It will be Bartlett because he's "telegenic"
As opposed to KM whose mouth seems to be permanently in fellatio position. Not that there's *cough* anything wrong with that.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 01:09 AM
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4. Or Jim Gilmore, because he "inspires confidence"
I saw him doing the talking head thing the other day. He came off as "reasonable" to the untrained eye. He has a low key way about him that would calm the attack dogs. He feigns openness very well.

It won't be KM, for the very same reason that it was not Drier for DeLay.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:29 AM
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6. Sort of like Colin Powell comes across as smooth and reasonable?
Yet all the time you know he's a lying bastid.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:26 PM
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8. Exactly.
Where most of these GOP attack dogs love to rachet it up a notch or ten, he slows the pace, is very calm, and delivers the hurt look if someone tries to step all over his point and not permit him to finish. He's like your kind and helpful next door neighbor on the surface, who tortures small animals in his basement in the dark of night....
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ngGale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:01 AM
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5. Ken Mehlman is a joke...
isn't he afraid of the Abramoff case rubbing off on him?
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:24 PM
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7. I think he's more afraid of his private life rubbing off on the phobic GOP
sheep, frankly.
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