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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:06 PM
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Bush getting ready to hire defense attorney?
I dont know if this is old or not, but:

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20040604.html

Recently, the White House acknowledged that President Bush is talking with, and considering hiring, a non-government attorney, James E. Sharp. Sharp is being consulted, and may be retained, regarding the current grand jury investigation of the leak revealing the identity of Valerie Plame as a CIA covert operative.

(Plame is the wife of Bush critic and former ambassador Joe Wilson; I discussed the leak itself in a prior column, and then discussed further developments in the investigation in a follow-up column.)

This action by Bush is a rather stunning and extraordinary development. The President of the United States is potentially hiring a private criminal defense lawyer. Unsurprisingly, the White House is doing all it can to bury the story, providing precious little detail or context for the President's action.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bush explained his action by saying, "This is a criminal matter. It's a serious matter," but he gave no further specifics. White House officials, too, would not say exactly what prompted Bush to seek the outside advice, or whether he had been asked to appear before the grand jury.

Nonetheless, Bush's action, in itself, says a great deal. In this column, I will analyze what its implications may be.

<snip>

The Plame investigation took a quantum leap in December 2003, when Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself. Ashcroft's deputy appointed a special counsel, who has powers and authority tantamount to those of the attorney general himself. That means, in practice, that Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States Attorney from Chicago, does not report to the Justice Department regarding his investigation. (In this sense, Fitzgerald's position is similar to that of an Independent Counsel under the now-defunct independent counsel statute.)

<snip>

What Might a Private Attorney Advise Bush to Do?

It is possible that Bush is consulting Sharp only out of an excess of caution - despite the fact that he knows nothing of the leak, or of any possible coverup of the leak. But that's not likely.

On this subject, I spoke with an experienced former federal prosecutor who works in Washington, specializing in white collar criminal defense (but who does not know Sharp). That attorney told me that he is baffled by Bush's move - unless Bush has knowledge of the leak. "It would not seem that the President needs to consult personal counsel, thereby preserving the attorney-client privilege, if he has no knowledge about the leak," he told me.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:09 PM
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1. It's old. Bush's had a private attorney for this for a while now
Next topic.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:38 PM
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6. It's old to some of us
But it is new to the poster. Do you have to be so rude?
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Don Claybrook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:51 PM
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10. Thank you
Anonymity and civility don't have to be mutually exclusive, so thanks for speaking up.
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RONSTOO Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:29 PM
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2. do you have link...
isnt this old news? Wasnt Sharp with him when Fitzgerald interviewed him?
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barbaraann Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:31 PM
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3. Hi, there!
Welcome to DU! :hi:
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RONSTOO Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:34 PM
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4. thank you very much darling
friendly group here
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converted_democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:37 PM
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5. Welcome to DU!!! I hope you enjoy this place as much as I do!!
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RONSTOO Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:41 PM
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7. wow this place rocks...
they seem anal retentive over at Hannity

( I just love to torment them )

you get banned over there for saying " ass "


bypassin word filter



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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:44 PM
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8. You can say pretty much...
Edited on Wed Jul-27-05 08:44 PM by sendero
... anything you want here, as long as it isn't a Republican talking point :) Or a personal attack.

Welcome to DU!
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:48 PM
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9. Anyone who loves to torment repukes is A -OKAY in my book!
Welcome to DU! :hi: It's great to have you here!
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RONSTOO Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-05 08:51 PM
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11. I get my jollies off on
tormenting them,


but Im running out of user names and IP addresses



lol :evilgrin:


( better emoticons here too )
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