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Legislative committee investigating Bridgegate subpoenaed by NJ US attorney

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Just when you thought all the Bridgegate news was ebbing a little, the Wall Street Journal revived the story. Watch out Team Christie, the New Jersey U.S. Attorney has his sights set on, yes, say it with me now, Bridgegate, despite the whitewash fantasy piece that was submitted by Chris Christie's lawyer.

Prosecutor Paul Fishman has subpoenaed documents from the New Jersey legislators that have been probing Bridgegate any which way they can. The records that the U.S. attorney’s office has summoned are due on May 2. And what Prosecutor Paul wants, Prosecutor Paul gets.

If I were in the Christie Circle of Scum, I'd be popping a Valium right about now.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

New Jersey U.S. attorney Paul Fishman has issued a subpoena to a legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge closures for its documents pertaining to the matter, a sign that prosecutors are continuing to delve into the issue.

The subpoena was issued by prosecutors for “any and all records” produced or obtained by the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation in the course of its work, according to a copy viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Oh to be a fly on Prosecutor Paul's computer screen.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) stated what many of us have been thinking about Darrell Issa

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Let's take a stroll down Memory Lane, shall we?

-- Oops! Dems accuse Darrell Issa of leaking misinformation about #Obamacare

-- Top Democrats rip Darrell Issa after his document dump endangered Libyans working with U.S., damaged U.S. efforts.

For many moons, we at The Political Carnival (among others) have been calling out Rep. Issa (R- NoCredibilityWhatsoever) for his reckleess leakitude. We have company: Now Rep. Elijah Cummings, along with none other than the White House its own self, are piling on.

The Hill:

Since you became Chairman of the Committee in 2011, you and your staff have engaged in a reckless pattern of leaking sensitive information and documents to promote political narratives that turn out to be inaccurate after further investigation,” wrote [Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)], who is the committee’s ranking Democrat.

“You have ignored repeated requests to consult first with Committee Members, law enforcement officials, and agency experts to understand how your disclosures might harm our national interests. As a result, under your leadership the Committee has become a virtual revolving door of leaks and misinformation.

Issa's pursuing his most recent pet witch hunt, sniffing and digging and snooping around Fast and Furious Solyndra Benghazi The Affordable Care Act. Again. He apparently felt it absolutely vital to our national health, well being, and salvation to issue a subpoena to MITRE Corp., a contractor dealing with security issues at the ACA website.

Why, when you stop and think about it, he's America's very own private insurance policy against Kenyan Marxist private insurance policies! Whew! I feel safer already!

Cummings used words like “unnecessary and confrontational” to describe the cry for media attention subpoena and pretty much said that Rep. Issa (R- SelfAggrandizement) wants physical copies of unredacted reports so he can leak a fresh new batch of whoppers.

And don't get me started on Issa's timing:

Cummings also accused Issa of rushing to issue the subpoena for the documents while he was returning from the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela. He said Issa’s staff rejected requests by Democratic staffers to wait until he returned, and that he and the chairman had an agreement to consult one another before issuing subpoenas.

As Jay Carney noted, Rep. Benghazi!!!! (R-STFU) keeps politicizing everything in sight by releasing sensitive or classified information that only “partially reflect what’s happening." Or as I like to call it, lying like the rug dead thing on Rand Paul's head.

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WI officials subpoenaed over missing computers, docs involved in redistricting that benefited Republicans

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you've been served

Rev up your motors, Wisconsin, you've got missing computers, subpoenaed Republicans, and redistricting issues to contend with. The subpoenas are being used to force GOP officials to reveal where the mystery computers, external hard drives, discs and documents are located, and the groups who are making these demands want the answers under oath.

It's been months and months, but the state of Wisconsin never told the plaintiffs, who want to search said computers, where the computers were, and made every effort to block them from finding out, so now the Dems are playing hardball. They want those documents, and they want them now.

The fun never ends in Scott Walker's state...

Via JSOnline:

Groups involved in a long-simmering legal fight with Republicans have subpoenaed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and other officials in an attempt to track down computers they want to search.

The move came a week after a panel of three federal judges ordered that two sides and the state quickly resolve their differences. The groups sued the state in 2011 over election maps drawn by Republicans, but for months the case has focused on documents that were improperly withheld from the plaintiffs.

For five months, the plaintiffs have been seeking to forensically search computers used for redistricting to find out why they did not receive documents that were supposed to be turned over to them and to learn if any other records were improperly withheld. So far, they have not been able to learn where the state computers are located, let alone search them.

The groups involved are asking why these records were withheld, and exactly how many records were there? Republican Governor Walker, along with the Republican-controlled legislature, approved redistricting maps that benefited their party in a big way. So what else is new, right? Especially in light of Scott Walker's fascination with the new RNC-backed plan to rig blue state electoral votes in favor of future GOP presidential candidates.

Democratic and immigrant rights groups sued, and in 2012 a three-(federal) judge panel ruled that the way two districts were drawn had violated Latinos' voting rights, so they made some changes.

But lawyers for the legislature did what they could to obstruct the release of documents and were fined. After that, more documents were discovered, and the plaintiffs asked for permission to search three state computers that were used to draw the maps. GOP anti-union Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who survived a recall election, is one of those who could be subpoenaed.

Remember him?

Stay tuned.

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VIDEO: Karl Rove, you got served

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This is a must-watcher:

There is much more information here. I posted only the video.

My original post here: Racketeering Complaint Filed Against Karl Rove & Tom Donohue’s Elections Operations

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Racketeering Complaint Filed Against Karl Rove & Tom Donohue's Elections Operations

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The other day, I posted that Karl Rove was served with a subpoena. Of course, he'll just ignore it, citing felon's privilege or some such excuse.

But an Ohio election attorney filed a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission against The Partnership for Ohio's Future. Who are they? They're an Ohio Chamber of Commerce affiliate.

And this is why I choose to keep the dream alive:


The complaint asks the Election Commission to find that there is probable cause to believe that secret money given to the Partnership is an in kind donation to candidates running for office. Arnebeck attests that he has "...a confidential source who personally witnessed Karl Rove and Tom Donohue coordinating their activities to determine the outcome of a state Supreme Court election." Such coordination is illegal under state and federal election laws. [...]

If the Commission grants Arnebeck's probable cause request, it would open Mr. Rove, Mr. Donohue and the Chamber of Commerce to widespread discovery that could lead to criminal prosecution based on charges of racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy. Coordinated activities between partisan candidates and groups like the Chamber of Commerce's Partnership for Ohio's Future and Rove's American Crossroads are illegal. The complaint also alleges that money contributed to Chamber operations that were used in elections came from foreign corporations, which violates federal law. The filing with the Ohio Election Commission is a critical step in testing the legalities of these coordinated efforts.

The hearing is Monday, November 1st.

There are "ifs" in there, and this is only a first step, but my inner "weeee!" has been activated.

More here.

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CBS, CNN capture video of Ohio attorney subpoena served on Karl Rove

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Guess what CNN and CBS caught on camera? No, not another assault of a young liberal woman, and no, not Christine O'Donnell casting a spell over Bil Maher. Uh-uh. Even better:

A federal subpoena, issued by Ohio attorney Cliff Arnebeck and sanctioned by the Office of Ohio Secretary of State, was served last Sunday in Washington to Karl Rove on his way to an appearance on the CBS news program Face the Nation. [...]

In an article written by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman and published at OpEdNews.com, the federal subpoena orders Rove to testify in deposition about his role in the alleged theft of the 2004 election, and to discuss his orchestration of tens of millions of corporate/billionaire dollars in this year's General Elections on November 2.

The minute I find the video, it will be posted. Well, right after I open some Champagne.

H/t: jamieharbor

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AUDIO- Michele Bachmann: Subpoena, baby, subpoena!

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President Obama wants to look forward, not back, especially when it comes to investigating the Bush crime family. However, Michele "Tea Potty Caucus Queen" Bachmann is revving up for a few legal maneuvers should the GOP win big in November. That's right, America, helping this country get back on its feet is taking a back seat to subpoena, baby, subpoena.

Via Think Progress:

...Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) spoke to the GOP Youth Convention in Washington:

See, this is what you do when you have no policy ideas, no plans to improve the economy, health care, or, well, anything else.  All Rushpublics want to do is repeal and subpoena. In fact, if they regain power, their only plan is to revert back(wards) to those fine BushCo days from which we all benefited so richly.

Well, the rich benefited richly. The rest of us are unemployed.

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