Friday, May 04, 2007

the regenerative property of scandal

Josh Marshall directs us to this article from McClatchy:

According to a congressional aide, McNulty said he attended a White House meeting with Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, and other officials on March 5, the day before McNulty's deputy William Moschella was to testify to Congress about the firings.

White House officials told the Justice Department group that they needed to agree on clear reasons why each prosecutor was fired and explain them to Congress, McNulty said, according to the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the transcript of McNulty's interview hasn't been made public.

McNulty said that White House officials never revealed during the meeting that they'd been discussing plans to replace some prosecutors with Gonzales aides, the congressional aide said.

McNulty recalled feeling disturbed and concerned when he found out days later that the White House had been involved, the congressional aide said. McNulty considered the extent of White House coordination to be "extremely problematic."

Government operatives do something bad. Then they cover it up. Then they lie about it. Then they lie about the coverup. Then they lie about lying about the coverup. Then they are investigated by Congress, providing fresh material to cover up and lie about later on, leading to further investigations. Restart cycle.

This could continue for quite some time.

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