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March 24, 2010


WAYNE MADSEN REPORT - WMR has learned from sources close to ousted White House chief counsel Greg Craig that it was not President Obama's top legal adviser who balked at ordering the Justice Department to review the politically-motivated criminal cases brought by the Bush administration against three top Democrats in the South, but it was White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who made the decision to nix any White House backing for new trials for the southern Democratic officials involved -- former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, former Georgia state Senate leader Charles Walker, and Mississippi attorney Paul Minor.

Walker and Minor are currently incarcerated in federal prisons while Siegelman was freed from prison pending an appeal of his conviction in a trial headed by a corrupt Bush-appointed federal judge and former Republican operative, Mark Fuller.

Craig announced his resignation as chief counsel last November. Although press reports indicated that Craig was forced out by Emanuel over Craig's determination to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison and to release Bush administration Justice Department memos on harsh interrogation techniques, the new information suggests that Craig and Emanuel also differed over Bush-era Justice Department prosecutions of Siegelman, Walker, and Minor, with Craig favoring a Justice Department review of the cases and possible new trials.

The involvement of Emanuel in blocking Justice Department review of the cases against Siegelman, Walker, and Minor is the first evidence that ties Obama's chief of staff to the continuation of the political prosecutions of a number of Democrats that was brought about largely by President Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove.

This is not the first instance in which Emanuel and Rove find themselves on the same side. Obama's Harvard Law School friend, Representative Artur Davis (D-AL) is running to be the first black governor of Alabama. Davis has not only received the support of Rove's good friend, Alabama Republican and businessman Bill Canary, whose wife, Leura Canary, prosecuted Siegelman, but also signed up former Alabama Lieutenant Governor Jere Beasley, who served under Governor George Wallace, as his campaign manager.


Anonymous Rahm should register as a foriegn agent ( he served in IDF but not in USA or USN or USMC or USAF). said...

Remember Cynthia McKinney's bushwhacking by AIPAC? When are we going to stop taking Israel's crap?

March 24, 2010 4:25 PM  

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