Tim Griffin’s Love Affair With Karl Rove
By Andrew Ramonas | August 13, 2009 2:22 pm
Tim Griffin (DOJ)

Tim Griffin (DOJ)

Karl Rove (Gov)

The firing of Arkansas Eastern District U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins to make way for former White House aide Tim Griffin to head the office was one of the central dramas of the 2006 U.S. Attorney firings scandal.

We already knew Griffin leveraged his close relationship with his boss, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. But emails released this week by the House Judiciary Committee raised our eyebrows even higher, because they showed more than the usual sucking up. Griffin, one could almost conclude, practically had a man-crush on Rove.

Cue the Barry Manilow.

Griffin to Rove: “Btw my wife is pregnant. We are thinking about naming him karl. Lol.”

Love is in the air.

Griffin to Rove: “Thank you for the Christmas card. We loved it.”

Love is in the air.

Griffin to Rove: “LOL. I know where the true power lies!”

Love is in the air.

Griffin to Rove: “You are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Oh oh oh.

Bud Cummins (DOJ)

Bud Cummins (DOJ)

Griffin was appointed interim U.S. Attorney by then-U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in December 2006 as a means of padding his resume for higher office. But it all backfired. Griffin resigned in June 2007 after news leaked out that Rove orchestrated Cummins’ ouster to make way for Griffin. And Griffin recently declined to mount a challenge to Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

The thousands of emails released by the panel revealed a little more about the process behind replacing Cummins.

Bush Political Affairs Deputy Director Scott Jennings to Political Affairs Associate Director and Arkansas native Jane Cherry: (An email of an article headlined “U.S. Attorney Firings Set Stage for Congressional Battle” in The Washington Post.)

Cherry to Jennings: “Good lord. What have you done?”

Jennings to Cherry: “Followed orders.”

Cherry to Jennings: “Isn’t that what the Nazis claimed?”

Jennings to Cherry: “shut up. these things always roll down hill. you are the one in the office iwth (sic) the most motive to help Griffin, so i’m guessing you are going down.”

Cherry to Jennings: “(Unreadable) do I have the least motive? Tim Griffin made my life absolutely miserable for 5 months. Plus, my mother was Bud’s first assistant. He was a good family friend. I think I could argue I was pushing to keep him around but you were the one who wanted him out. Heheh.”

Then, there’s a e-mail chain between Jennings and Bush Political Affairs Director Jonathan Felts about Griffin’s declining fortunes, specifically a story titled  ”U.S. attorney flap escalates” in The Morning News.

Felts to Jennings: “Dude – I think he’s toast. I don’t see how he survives this.”

Jennings to Felts: “He will never be nominated.”

Felts to Jennings: “Does he know that?”

Jennings to Felts: “If he doesn’t, he’s retarded.”

Felts to Jennings: “I wonder if he can appreciat (sic) the irony of the situation?”



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