What About the US Attorneys Who Were NOT Fired?

3 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>What About the US Attorneys Who Were NOT Fired?</h1><p>June 3, 2007 (LPAC)--An affidavit by a Republican lawyer from Alabama, indicates that two such US Attorneys conspired with Karl Rove and the aide to a GOP gubernatorial candidate, to file false charges against the latter's Democratic opponent during a hard-fought election contest there.</p><p>Dana Jill Simpson has filed an affidavit describing a 2002 conference call with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Riley, in which Riley's aide, William Canary, assured Riley that he had worked out with Karl Rove, that U.S. Attorneys would be "pursuing" Alabama's then-Governor, Don Siegelman. At the time, Siegelman was seeking to overturn the just-concluded Alabama election in which disputed ballots had given the race to Riley by a tiny margin.</p><p>According to <i>Time</i> magazine June 1, 2007 the affidavit says Canary told Riley "not to worry about Don Siegelman" because "his girls would take care of Governor Siegelman." Canary then made it clear that by "his girls," meant his wife, Leura Canary, and Alice Martin. Both were Alabama U.S. Attorneys at the time, for Alabama's Middle and Northern Districts respectively. Canary reportedly said that a powerful pal in Washington was helping, and "not to worry, that he had already gotten it worked out with Karl [Rove], and Karl had spoken with the Department of Justice, and the Department of Justice was already pursuing Don Siegelman."</p><p>The offices of both of the indicated U.S. Attorneys subsequently indicted Siegelman on absurdly trumped-up corruption charges. In June 2006, when Siegelman was again running for Governor, he was convicted in the Middle District on bribery and conspiracy charges. The basis was that he had re-appointed a man to a state agency, after the man had contributed to a fund for promoting the state's lottery to fund education.</p><p>Whistle-blower Dana Jill Simpson is a lifelong Republican, who has been close to Governor Riley's son Rob Riley. In the 1990s, William Canary was chief of staff of the Republican National Committee, and later worked closely with Karl Rove in putting Alabama state courts into Republican hands.</p><p>Canary was an adviser to Bob Riley in the raw-knuckle 2002 state election race. In its closing days, a total of over a million dollars came into the state Republican party and to Riley's campaign, of which a substantial portion appears to have been conduit from payments made to the Jack Abramoff/Michael Scanlon organization from Mississippi Indian gambling casinos, who got Riley's help opposing opening rival casinos in Alabama.</p></div></body>