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June 10, 2008 5:20 PM

Top Republican leader to help Reichert

Posted by David Postman

U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner will headline a local fundraiser for Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, June 28. Boehner will be at a Bellevue hotel for a $100 per person breakfast.

Reichert is getting money help from a top Republican who recently was awarded $1 million from another member of the delegation. Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, was ordered by a federal judge to pay the money to Boehner to end a long-standing dispute over an illegally taped telephone call that McDermott leaked to the press.


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Posted by Methow Ken

6:28 PM, Jun 10, 2008

The Sherriff gets help from the Minority Leader in his run against Baghdad Jimmy's protege Burner; after McDermott was ordered to pay Boehner a cool million for violating the law.
I call that sweet justice.

Posted by C. Baker

9:05 PM, Jun 10, 2008

I'm curious if there is going to be any coverage of the current impeachment proceedings in congress in the ST or in this blog. Between that and the recent Iraq report indicating that false intelligence was used to get us into the war, I'm surprised the issue isn't getting more attention.

Thanks for your blog - interesting reading.

Posted by Chad (The Left) Shue

10:24 PM, Jun 10, 2008

The same John Boehner who says the sacrifice of thousands of American troops is a "Small Price"?




Peace,
Chad (The Left) Shue

Posted by JimD

10:31 PM, Jun 10, 2008

The revenge may be personally sweet for Boehner, but it reminds everyone of the event that was the object of McDermott's CIVIL (McDermott did not break the law) offense - recordings of republican corruption.
"Ha ha, I won a lawsuit against you for exposing my lack of ethics!"
And this symbolic association will help Reichert?

Posted by C. Calloway

12:05 AM, Jun 11, 2008

C. Baker - Be careful with your wording. There has yet to be any evidence of the Bush administration or the CIA of creating false information. There is plenty of evidence that inaccurate information was used.

The reason it has not been getting more attention is because Bush did not lie. As everyone knows by now, his administration did not thoroughly consider all the information and the ramifications for their actions.

Incompetent? Absolutely. Liar? Despite the best efforts of a Democratic Congress, no evidence to date.

Posted by JimD

9:48 AM, Jun 11, 2008

C. Calloway,
No, that's incorrect. The bipartisan Senate intelligence Committee has just released their final report which shows the administration DID exaggerate the available intelligence.
Read it for yourself:
http://intelligence.senate.gov/press/record.cfm?id=298775

Here are some highlights - specific example of how intelligence was misrepresented to the American public.

">Statements and implications by the President and Secretary of State suggesting that Iraq and al-Qa’ida had a partnership, or that Iraq had provided al-Qa’ida with weapons training, were not substantiated by the intelligence.

>Statements by the President and the Vice President indicating that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups for attacks against the United States were contradicted by available intelligence information.

>Statements by President Bush and Vice President Cheney regarding the postwar situation in Iraq, in terms of the political, security, and economic, did not reflect the concerns and uncertainties expressed in the intelligence products.

>Statements by the President and Vice President prior to the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate regarding Iraq’s chemical weapons production capability and activities did not reflect the intelligence community’s uncertainties as to whether such production was ongoing.

>The Secretary of Defense’s statement that the Iraqi government operated underground WMD facilities that were not vulnerable to conventional airstrikes because they were underground and deeply buried was not substantiated by available intelligence information.

>The Intelligence Community did not confirm that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001 as the Vice President repeatedly claimed."

Bush, Cheney and the rest..LIED about the intelligence.
So sayeth fellow republicans on the Senate intelligence Committee who've been investigating it the last few years.
How much more "evidence" do you want?

Posted by upchuck

8:48 PM, Jun 11, 2008

Speaking of lies and evidence for them, this 45min+ interview was broadcast this morning...

"Ex-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan Speaks Out on the Bush Admin Lies and Media Allies that Led the US to War"

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/6/11/former_white_house_former_white_house

also announced yesterday: McClellan Agrees to Testify on Plame Case

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/6/10/headlines#3

"McClellan was asked to appear over his assertion in a new book that top White House aides deliberately misled him about their role in the leak of Plame’s identity. McClellan is expected to testify next week."


Posted by Apollo

4:13 PM, Jun 13, 2008

It is truly amazing that Rep. McDermott violated privacy rights and individual freedoms, was found culpable of these violations and Seattle does nothing.

Dave Reichert is a quality public servant who has spent his entire life in our service. He is an excellent representative of this district and it would be the dumbest thing possible to send an unqualified, inexperienced individual to take his place.

Posted by JimD

7:47 AM, Jun 14, 2008

Apollo,
I don't think many share your view that an elected representative's work on our behalf should be protected from public scrutiny as a "personal freedom" or private matter.
McDermott violated the civil rights of the parties involved by exposing a corruption most believed justified that violation.

Reichert is NOT an excellent representative of the district, as he represents some views and policies that are highly offensive to much of his constituency.

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