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Obama campaign calls for Special Prosecutor

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#1 mommabear


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Posted 18 October 2008 - 09:35 AM

Obama campaign wants Attorneygate prosecutor to probe GOP's 'sham anti-fraud campaign'
Nick Juliano
Published: Friday October 17, 2008

The current spate of trumped-up allegations of "voter fraud" coming from John McCain's campaign and his Republican allies and the FBI's decision to investigate represents exactly the same sort of politicization of justice that is at the root of an ongoing investigation into the firing of federal prosecutors, Barack Obama's campaign alleges.

Obama attorney Bob Bauer has asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey to expand the authority of the special prosecutor appointed to investigate the US Attorney firings to also include the fraud allegations. The campaign released a seven-page letter .pdf Bauer wrote to Mukasey on Friday requesting the investigation.

"Now, on the emerging evidence of recent conduct undertaken by Bush Administration officials, Republican Party officials, and representatives of the McCain-Palin campaign," he wrote, "it appears that further misconduct of the same nature, directly relevant to the work of the Special Prosecutor, requires that the scope of the Special Prosecutor's assignment be expanded."

Bauer cites the case of former US Attorney David Iglesias, who represented the District of New Mexico until 2006. Bush administration officials reportedly conspired to sack Iglesias in part because of his unwillingness to bring specious voter-fraud charges before an election. Iglesias this week called the voter fraud investigations a scare tactic and said he was shocked to see the FBI was pursuing an investigation based on similarly unmerited accusations of fraud.

On a conference call with reporters Friday, Bauer slammed the "illicit involvement of senior law enforcement officials" in leaking the details of the so-called fraud investigation. The Obama lawyer noted that the leak came "literally within 24 hours" of McCain's statement at Wednesday night's debate that ACORN was threatening the "fabric of our democracy."


Page 5 Sec. II, Part C of the pdf was particularly interesting. Just like before, Republican lawmakers sent letters to the DOJ and US Attorneys, demanding investigations right before an election, and against Justice rules, leaks about such requests get out.

You know, at the last debate, my head did perk up when McCain said ACORN is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of our democracy. The ACORN thing is about discrepancies on voter registrations. Nobody has voted fraudulently yet and history shows that proven voter fraud is not that prevalent. My gut feeling was "something's up" that we haven't heard about yet. And here it is.

As the story broke Friday night and a timeline of events:

or here:

But surprise of surprises this time. Obama was ready for "something" and isn't waiting until after the election to act.

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