Friday, October 03, 2003

Political Ties Between Ashcroft and Rove Give Rise To Calls for Special Prosecutor

A COMPANY controlled by (Carl) Rove, who stands accused by the CIA officer's husband of at least condoning the leak (of the CIA officer's identity), was paid more than $300,000 by Ashcroft's 1994 Senate campaign in Missouri for direct mail work and other services, the New York Times reported Friday, citing campaign finance data.

President Bush's top political adviser also played a role in two earlier Ashcroft gubernatorial campaigns.

Information about the ties between Rove and Ashcroft has emboldened Democrats to push harder for a special counsel to investigate the leak. "Given allegations about the involvement of senior White House officials and the past close association between the attorney general and one of those officials, the investigation should be headed by a person independent of the administration," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement issued Thursday. "If there ever was a case for the appointment of a special counsel, this is it."


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