Well, This Is Interesting…

1 comment March 20th, 2007at 07:58am Posted by Eli

I’m sure someone’s probably covered this by now, but here’s a 2/20 e-mail from maybe-not-quite-so-good-soldier-anymore Bud Cummins to fellow purgees Lam, McKay, Charlton, Iglesias, and Bogden:

Mike Elston from the DAG’s office called me today…. The essence of his message was that they feel like they are taking unnecessary flak to avoid trashing each of us specifically or further, but if they feel like any of us intend to continue to offer quotes to the press, or organize behind the scenes congressional pressure, then they would feel forced to somehow pull their gloves off and offer public criticisms to defend their actions more fully. I can’t offer any specific quotes, but that was clearly the message…. He mentioned my quote on Sunday and I didn’t apologize for it, told him it was true and that everyone involved should agree with the truth of my statement, and pointed out to him that I stopped short of calling them liars and merely said that IF they were doing as alleged they should retract. [I assume the quote must have been something along the lines of “I was not fired for performance reasons, I was fired to make way for Tim Griffin”] I also made it a point to tell him that all of us have turned down multiple invitations to testify. He reacted quite a bit to the idea of anyone voluntarily testifying and it seemed clear that they would see that as a major escalation of the conflict meriting some kind of unspecified form of retaliation.

I don’t personally see this as any big deal and it sounded like the threat of retaliation amounts to a threat that they would make their recent behind doors senate presentation public. I didn’t tell him that I had heard about the details in that presentation and found it to be a pretty weak threat since everyone that heard it apparently thought it was weak.

I don’t want to stir you up conflict or overstate the threatening undercurrent in the call, but the message was clearly there and you should be aware before you speak to the press again if you choose to do that. I don’t feel like I am betraying him by reporting this to you because I think that is probably what he wanted me to do.

So, basically, the DOJ wanted Cummins to pass along their empty threats in an effort to keep the other purged USAs quiet and for-the-love-of-God off the witness stand. At this point in the chronology, it’s pretty clear that the poor-performance excuse for the firings is a transparent tissue of lies.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Glenn  |  March 20th, 2007 at 8:08 am

    “Transparent … lies.” Perfect truth.

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