Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jill Simpson Blows Whistle On Karl Rove & Bob Riley

This is a breaking news story of how Karl Rove used the Justice Department for political payback against Don Siegelman (D). Rove did not want a recount of the Alabama Governor's election. The results would have challenged bob Riley's victory.

John Conyers released the sworn testimony of Jill Simpson.

In a closed-door interview with committee staff, Simpson recalled how Rob Riley, current Gov. Bob Riley’s (R) son, told her about Rove’s role in a plan to prosecute Siegelman if he did not back down from contesting the 2001 gubernatorial election results that handed the office to Riley.

According to the transcript, Simpson described a 2005 conversation with Rob Riley, who told her that Rove had contacted the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice to press for further prosecution of Siegelman. She said Rob Riley also recounted how the case would be assigned to a federal judge who “hated” Siegelman and would “hang Don Siegelman.”

Blogger Glynn Wilson that Simpson has dealt with intimidation for coming forward.

Her house has already been burned down and one of her vehicles has been run off the road and totaled since she decided to seek justice and come out against the Bush and Riley political machines in the case of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and deposed HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. While there may be no proof of a connection and there may be no connection at all, knowing the history of how hard the Bush's are willing to play in their pursuit of power, it has to make a person just a tad concerned - under the circumstances.

Here is a earlier affidavit Simpson made. She recanted the allegations that Siegelman's campaign placed Riley signs near a Klu Klux Klan rally. She told the House Judiciary Committee Siegalman dropped his challenge after learning the signs were moved. This smells like Riley's people attempted to start a bogus controversy to scare Siegalman.

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