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Sunday, November 16, 2008 | 7:14 AM

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The Siegelman nail in the Bush administration coffin...
Or as they say, time to pay the piper:

Next month in Atlanta, a federal court will hear the high-profile appeal of former Alabama governor Don E. Siegelman, whose conviction on corruption charges in 2006 became one of the most publicly debated cases to emerge from eight years of controversy at the Bush Justice Department. Now new documents highlight alleged misconduct by the Bush-appointed U.S. attorney and other prosecutors in the case, including what appears to be extensive and unusual contact between the prosecution and the jury.

Remember, we knew about this, but Time has gotten the documents. Remember too, that the Bush appointed-Karl Rove-friend-judge on the case, Mark Fuller, knew about the jury tampering and discounted it. Onwards:

The documents, obtained by TIME, include internal prosecution e-mails given to the Justice Department and Congress by a whistle-blower during the last 18 months. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which investigated the Siegelman case as part of a broader inquiry into alleged political interference in the hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys by the Bush Justice Department, last week sent an eight-page letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey citing the new material.

Conyers says the evidence raises "serious questions" about the U.S. Attorney in the Siegelman case, who, documents show, continued to involve herself in the politically charged prosecution long after she had publicly withdrawn to avoid an alleged conflict of interest relating to her husband, a top GOP operative and close associate of Bush adviser Karl Rove. Conyers' letter also cites evidence of numerous contacts between jurors and members of the Siegelman prosecution team that were never disclosed to the trial judge or defense counsel.

Remember too, that the DOJ lied to me when I demanded to know if Leura Canary had recused herself from the case. I was told that she had. When I demanded documentation, they told me that the documents were not public (really? a federal prosecutor's rescusal documentation are private?). And the cover-up continued:

When the House Judiciary Committee looked into the Siegelman affair earlier this year, DoJ issued statements, placed in the Congressional record, maintaining that the case had been handled only by career prosecutors, not political appointees, and that Canary had recused herself in 2002, "before any significant decisions ... were made."

Prove it!

Both former AG Alberto Gonzales and current AG Michael Mukasey have obstructed justice in this case and all in order to protect something or someone. Now I doubt that either of them care very much about what happens to the Canary clan. But, the Canary clan is key to something else. I will let you guess to who or what. Onwards:

But new documents furnished by DoJ staffer Tamarah T. Grimes tell a different story. A legal aide who worked in the Montgomery office that prosecuted Siegelman, Grimes first submitted her documents to DoJ watchdogs in 2007, and now finds herself in an employment dispute that could result in her dismissal. Grimes' lawyer had no comment.

The documents — whose authenticity is not in dispute — include e-mails written by Canary, long after her recusal, offering legal advice to subordinates handling the case. At the time Canary wrote the e-mails, her husband — Alabama GOP operative William J. Canary — was a vocal booster of the state's Republican governor, Bob Riley, who had defeated Siegelman for the office and against whom Siegelman was preparing to run again. Canary also received tens of thousands of dollars in fees from other political opponents of Siegelman.

So this is clear and you understand. Not only was Bill Canary an adviser to the Riley campaign. So was Rove. Let's go back to Part III of my investigative series into this:

Karl Rove is known to have worked with Bill Canary on numerous political races in Alabama, beginning in 1994 and including William Pryor's campaign in 1998. Canary and Pryor both enjoyed a close political and social relationship with Rove — who went on to become a senior adviser to the president, before Bush's "brain" resigned earlier this year.

Two Republican lawyers who have asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation allege that Canary and Rove also worked together on the 2002 Alabama governor's race. One of the lawyers is close to the Republican National Committee in Alabama.

According to the lawyers, Rove and Canary initially supported Republican Lieutenant Governor Steve Windom in his bid for the nomination to challenge Governor Siegelman but then switched their allegiance to Rep. Bob Riley after his victory in the primary. The Windom campaign was well known to be sluggish, however, prompting many observers to wonder just how serious an undertaking it really was.

In other words, you have two campaign advisers for the Republican candidate for Alabama governor in 2002 - Bob Riley - one is married to the US Attorney (Leura Canary) and the other got her appointed to that position. One adviser is a top level official in the White House, the other works for the Chamber of Commerce, which illegally funneled out-of-state funds into Alabama and Mississippi both.

By all appearances, the federal government - including law enforcement - has become and arm of both GOP corporate donors and their purchased government officials. That is the real K Street project scandal. If you have any doubt, then explain to me while the below crimes have yet to be investigated:

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – In two states where US attorneys are already under fire for serious allegations of political prosecutions, seven people associated with three federal cases have experienced 10 suspicious incidents including break-ins and arson.

These crimes raise serious questions about possible use of deliberate intimidation tactics not only because of who the victims are and the already wide criticism of the prosecutions to begin with, but also because of the suspicious nature of each incident individually as well as the pattern collectively. Typically burglars do not break-into an office or private residence only to rummage through documents, for example, as is the case with most of the burglaries in these two federal cases.

Watergate was one break-in. This is 10 and 2 cases of arson. And the FBI does nothing? The DOJ does nothing? As I have said before, both Gonzales and Mukasey have become accessories after the fact by obstructing justice. When this administration leaves office, both Gonzales and Mukasey need to be investigated for their continued obstruction not only in the Siegelman's case, but also the cases of Paul Minor, Wes Teel, John Whitfield, Oliver Diaz Jr., at al. Siegelman is but one victim of this ongoing bigger-than-Watergate series of politically motivated crimes. What are you going to do about this?

Well, if Bush leaves office and pardons the players in this un-American criminal saga on his way out, then justice will never be served. If Bush is impeached, however, he cannot pardon the witnesses. Do you see why impeachment is necessary? Again, what are you going to do about this? Or are you too busy celebrating the Obama victory with no thought of these victims?


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