I told a reporter a week or so ago that the turning point in my mind in the US Attorney story came the day we saw the report in Joe Monohan’s New Mexico politics blog that David Iglesias had sent an email in which he had called his firing a “political fragging.” That was the first time we had a hint of the real story out of one of the fired attorneys’ mouths. And it looked like there was more coming. The next day he told McClatchy how two members of Congress had called him to pressure him about that election timed indictment.
That set off the alarm bells at the White House and we have the email in which Karl Rove’s deputy Scott Jennings sends out an urgent message to Rove, Fielding, Perino, Sampson, et al.
Jennings had gotten an urgent call from Steve Bell, Sen Domenici’s Chief of Staff. “Bell said Domenici’s idea is not to respond, and hopefully make this a one day story,” Jennings tells the gang.
Definitely check this one out.
Also, a side note. New White House Counsel Fred Fielding has been laying a lot of the blame for the lax email policies on his predecessors. But here we have Jennings sending out a group email that includes both Fielding and Rove. And Rove’s getting it at one of his RNC email addresses. I guess it was still SOP as late as February 28th, the date of the email.