Way more interesting than IN and NC

The news today is this:

Among the office’s recent inquiries was whether former White House political director Karl Rove and others improperly used U.S. agencies to help elect Republicans.

Mr. Bloch’s investigation of the White House political operation began after a Rove deputy gave a series of political presentations to government agencies on Republican prospects in specific congressional races.

Mr. Bloch’s office wanted to know whether such presentations violated the Hatch Act. A task force interviewed officials at more than a dozen agencies and examined White House emails but found few clear violations, lawyers close to the case said. The investigations remain pending.

Mr. Bloch also thrust his agency into other investigations where the agency’s authority was less clear. A document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal shows that the agency’s Hatch Act task force found in January that many of the investigations under way were without merit or should be closed.

The subpoenas Tuesday also asked for files about the one Hatch Act case that has been completed, which found misconduct by the head of the General Services Administration, Lurita Doan. The White House last week ordered Ms. Doan to resign.

Mr. Bloch’s investigative role made him a target for both political parties. He was sharply criticized in Congress, even by Republican members.

“This isn’t an ordinary bureaucrat, this is Special Counsel, the guy who is supposed to police this kind of thing,” said Rep. Tom Davis (R., Va.). The Geeks on Call incident “was a real red flag.”

That’s extra interesting because of the dotted lines connecting Bloch’s office to this:

Now a Republican lawyer from Alabama, Jill Simpson, has come forward to claim that the Siegelman prosecution was part of a five-year secret campaign to ruin the governor. Simpson told 60 Minutes she did what’s called “opposition research” for the Republican party. She says during a meeting in 2001, Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior political advisor, asked her to try to catch Siegelman cheating on his wife. [..]

She says she spied on Siegelman for months but saw nothing. Even though she was working as a Republican campaign operative, Simpson says she wanted to talk to 60 Minutes because Siegelman’s prison sentence bothers her conscience.

Simpson says she wasn’t surprised that Rove made this request. Asked why not, she tells Pelley, “I had had other requests for intelligence before.”

“From Karl Rove?” Pelley asks.

“Yes,” Simpson says.

With more dotted lines going both here:

Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey testifies in front of the House Judiciary Committee after an email with Bud Cummins saying, “I will not sit by and watch good people smeared.” In his testimony, Comey contrasts his experiences with the fired attorneys with statements from the Justice Department. He also enumerates the detailed firing process undertaken to remove two US Attorneys during his tenure.

and, now, maybe to here:

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.

This is a web that will be a long while in the untangling.

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