by Max Brantley
The New York Times notes contradictions in language spoken publicly by Karl Rove and that contained in recently released e-mails about his role in the ouster of U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins in Little Rock to create an opening for White House aide Tim Griffin.
The documents also provide new evidence about Mr. Rove’s push to have an aide and protégé, Timothy Griffin, tapped as United States attorney in Arkansas to replace Bud Cummins, who was told to resign. “It was no secret I was for him,” Mr. Rove acknowledged to the Congressional investigators.
Even so, the Justice Department in February 2007 told members of Congress in a letter as the controversy was unfolding that it was “not aware of Karl Rove playing any role in the decision to appoint Mr. Griffin.” Both Mr. Rove and Ms. Miers distanced themselves from the letter in their Congressional testimony, saying the Justice Department’s statements were incomplete and in some cases inaccurate.
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