Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Did Karl Rove Consult for Senator Ashcroft?

I recall hearing way back when that Karl Rove did some political consulting for Ashcroft; I cannot remember where or when I heard that -- but it was likely around the time when Ashcroft lost his Senate race and was subsequently appointed US Attorney general.

Is there any truth to this? I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to confirm it, but the closest I've come is Mel Goodman (Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy) in a Washington Post chat session:

Mel Goodman: I agree....and the fact that Karl Rove was once a consultant to Attorney General Ashcroft makes it imperative that Special Counsel be appointed as soon as possible.

If this turns out to be true, then it should be the clincher on a Special Counsel to investigate; I think even Ashcroft would recognize that his office's investigation of an old pal / consultant simply stinks of the appearance of impropriety.

UPDATE, 10:53pm:

"Democrats say Bush's Justice Department has a conflict of interest in investigating the White House; they note that top Bush strategist Karl Rove, who has been accused of having a role in the leak, once was a consultant to Ashcroft."

--Washington Post, by way of Liberal Oasis

Note: Whiskey Bar has been on this aspect of the story since late last night . . .

NEW UPDATE: 12:02 am

Answer: The NYT gives a resounding YES.

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Here's another Ashcroft/Rove connection -- 10/2/03 NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/02/politics/02ASHC.html?ex=1065672000&en=7e4382aa51670af9&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

Posted by: GoodCos | Oct 1, 2003 11:28:10 PM

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