June 24, 2007

Tim Griffin Investigation Requested

In December 2006, Timothy Griffin was named interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin replaced Bud Cummins, one of the controversial eight fired US Attorneys. Griffin was a Republican political operative who worked closely with Karl Rove. On June 1, 2007, Tim Griffin resigned as his central role in a plot to suppress votes unraveled.

Now US Senators Kennedy and Whitehouse have asked the Justice Department to initiate a formal investigation. According to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the investigation request covers four separate issues (See Press Release and Full text of Request):

1. Did voter caging take place to suppress Democratic voters? There is evidence that this tactic was employed by the Republican Party in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

2. What was Timothy Griffin's role in the voter caging? There is substantial evidence that Griffin led the plot under the direction of Bush's brain, Karl Rove.

3. How was Timothy Griffin cleared, or vetted, to become an interim US attorney, given the serious allegations that he might have been involved in criminal conduct?

4. When the allegations surfaced within the Justice Department, why was the matter not referred to the relevant authorities for evaluation and potential action?

Contact the US Justice Department: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

Direct your request to Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General. Urge the Inspector General to conduct a thorough investigation into the request made on June 18, 2006, by Senators Kennedy and Whitehouse, into "Voter Suppression Allegations" and the potential role of Timothy Griffin.


Ring of Fire interview with Sheldon Whitehouse, June 23, 2007.

Press Release and Letter from US Senators Kennedy and Whitehouse to Attorney General Gonzalez requesting an investigation into voter suppression, June 18, 2007.

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