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Monday, July 25, 2005

Cover-up of John Roberts' Partisan Hack History

Posted by Bob Brigham

UPDATE: (Bob) According to the AP, Roberts has now clammed up:

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts declined Monday to explain why he was listed in a Federalist Society leadership directory when the White House says he doesn't recall being a member of the conservative legal organization.

Scott McClellan lied to the entire press corps, even mocked them with the word "ridiculous" during the coordinated cover-up of the Karl Rove scandal. Well guess what jounalists, the White House is still playing you:

Several news organizations, including The Associated Press, reported immediately after his nomination that Roberts had been a member of the Federalist Society. The AP and others printed corrections after the White House said later that Roberts doesn't recall ever belonging to the group.

The Washington Post reported Monday that it had obtained from a liberal group a 1997-98 Federalist Society leadership directory listing Roberts, then a partner in a private law firm, as being a steering committee member in the group's Washington chapter.

Who is misleading, the White House or Partisan Hack John Roberts?


John Roberts worked for two Republican administrations, offering private legal assessments that have yet to be opened to historians or the public. Now that Roberts is President Bush's choice to join the Supreme Court, some Senate Democrats want to see the documents he produced — all of them.

No, responded one White House representative. We'll see, said another.

Well? Which is it?

Atrios says:

Roberts is a made man whether or not he ever was part of the Federalist Society. Now we know he was an active member once but he just can't remember.

When they feel the need to lie about the little things (besides, wouldn't "Yeah, I was with them briefly but I didn't really fit in" been more effective?) we know they have no problem lying about the big ones...

Why is Roberts lying forgetting that he was a in a leadership role of a fringe political organization?

Chris Bowers says:

I wonder what else he has forgotten. Perhaps he has forgotten that he served a purely political position in the solicitor's general's office. Perhaps he has forgotten that he helped develop the strategy to circumvent the 2000 recount and allow the Florida legislature to give its electoral votes to Bush no matter what the recount found.

These seem to be things that even fellow Democrats are forgetting. This guy is not another David Souter. He is a partisan conservative, and he has been duly rewarded for his service to the Bush family.

He forgot--wtf? This is pretty damning. No wonder the Bush administration is blocking the release of some documents he has written.

Yes, John Roberts is just another partisan hack. But he's also a corporate shill, from David Sirota:

Not surprisingly, the Los Angeles Times today reports that Roberts is Corporate America's golden boy, handpicked by - you guessed it - the Chamber of Commerce. "He was the go-to lawyer for the business community. They are very comfortable with him," said Thomas Goldstein, a Washington lawyer who signed a letter in 2002 supporting Roberts' nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "He definitely is a friend of the chamber. Of all the candidates, he is the one they knew best."

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The Senate Judiciary Committee MUST question Judge Roberts about a woman's right to choose.

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