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MAY 07 2008

1. Internal Draft Document Reveals Bloch-Headedness
2.
Special Counsel shut down probe of Siegelman case last year
3. Scott Bloch Investigation Also Concerns Siegelman Case

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Internal Draft Document Reveals Bloch-
Headedness
Project on Government Oversight

POGO has gained access to an extraordinary internal document from
the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency
charged with protecting whistleblowers from reprisal.  Clearly marked
"DRAFT," it is a memo dated January 18, 2008, to Special Counsel
Scott Bloch from the members of a special task force.  The task force
was created, according to the memo, in May 2007, "to pursue certain
complex and high profile investigations, such as the firing of the U.S.
Attorneys and the political presentations given by the White House
Office of Political Affairs (OPA)." ....

    Possibly Politically Tainted Prosecution:
    The task force opened files concerning prosecution of the
    former Democratic governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman, and
    allegations that the prosecution had been pursued following
    directions from Karl Rove at the White House. But then "TF is
    informed that the Special Counsel did not authorize the Task
    Force to investigate these allegations and that do so [sic] is a
    breach. The Special Counsel requests that this file be closed
    immediately."    

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Special Counsel shut down probe of
Siegelman case last year
by Ben Evans of AP/TimesDailey.com

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It began gathering information on the Siegelman case in September
and was planning to request documents from the Justice Department
in October before Special Counsel Scott Bloch ordered the case
closed, according to the Jan. 18 draft memo, made public by the
Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group.

Siegelman, a Democrat, said the memo suggests further political
interference in his case and reiterated his call for the Justice
Department to appoint a special prosecutor to take up the matter.

"The question is who told them to shut it down," Siegelman said
Wednesday when told of the memo. "Why would you start an
investigation and let it proceed and then shut it down? The logical
conclusion is that somebody intervened and told them to shut down
the investigation."

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Scott Bloch Investigation Also Concerns
Siegelman Case
by mooncat of Left in Alabama

.....The Task Force compiled the available information on the
Siegelman prosecution plus Jill Simpson's affidavit and Congressional
testimony, and developed an investigation plan.  They were informed
that the Special Counsel (Scott Bloch) did not authorize this
investigation and requested that the file be closed immediately.  
According to the document, the Task Force did not close the file, but
also did not continue the investigation and wanted to request
authorization to continue the investigation.

Close that file immediately?  Imagine that.  It looks like that's what
happened with a lot of things this Task Force wanted to look into.

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Internal Document from the
Office of Special Counse

The inescapable conclusion
reached from poring through the
contents of this 13-page memo is
that Bloch was deliberately
creating the impression of a huge
ongoing multi-faceted
investigation of the White House....

<link to PDF document - 1225k>
photo: by Louis Raimondo for TWP

Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch
was the subject of an internal
memo reflecting an office sharply
divided, over the Siegelman case ,
for one.