Que RICO? - Rove's Contempt of Congress and Connell's Indicted Elite

Sometimes things just move too quickly.

Mike Connell is the IT guru who plots Internet strategy for the RNC.

Within the last week credible evidence surfaced about blackmail threats against him and his family.

The threats surfaced just days after Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck announced plans to undertake discovery in the Ohio civil RICO claims against Karl Rove and the US Chamber of Commerce for activities related to election fraud since 2000. The possible blackmail kicked into gear Atty Arnebeck's efforts seeking legal immunity for the Connell family.

Why is Mike Connell so important that Arnebeck should seek immunity? Connell tops Arnebeck's list of people likely to know about Karl Rove's suspicious election activities and how much, if any, of the involvement crossed the line. Arnebeck suspects that the blackmail threats are intended to keep Connell quiet.

Why would keeping Connell quiet be so important for Rove?

Over the last three years Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has been compiling annual 'most corrupt in Congress' listings. The elite of that august group may have at one time or another been clients of Connell's internet companies -- NewMedia Communications, GovTech Solutions, or both.

Now, with reports of Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens' indictment, it's becoming clear that an elite will always distinguish itself in some way.

Below, we've organized a sort of CREW's creme de la creme to consider
just Who's Who of Mike Connell's Who's Who. The very rare birds distinguished by indictment or jail time are shown in bold.

  • Rep. Roy Blunt
  • Rep. Tom DeLay
  • Rep. Doc Hastings
  • Rep. Bob Ney
  • Rep. Harold Rogers
  • Rep. Heather A. Wilson
  • Sen. Rick Santorum
  • Sen. Ted Stevens
  • Sen. David Vitter

And just today, Karl Rove himself achieved the unique distinction in being awarded 'Contempt of Congress.'

CREW's Most Corrupt in Congress Awards were presented in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

The emerging question seems to follow from Attorney Arnebeck's belief that Connell can provide important insight to Karl Rove's activities: How much does Connell know? Is he the key to the cipher?

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Laurie Kellman for the AP gives us the news:House panel votes to cite Rove for contempt

Voting 20-14 along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee cited Rove with contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to testify July 10 on allegations of improper White House influence over the Justice Department. For his part, Rove has denied any involvement with Justice decisions. The White House has said Congress has no authority to compel testimony from current and former advisers.

Unless and until Congress is willing to challenge the White House's assertions of "executive privilege", all the President's men & women will walk away unscathed. Including Karl Rove.

Makes for a few day's headlines, rouses the rabble, serves no other purpose.

I sort have the same feeling Susie had about Stevens... if we just ignore accountability, then anyone and everyone will just trample over the fabric of this country's laws.

So although I agree with you, I still feel as if it is important to have the accounting.

and yeah, we need the accounting. "Rubbish" = Congressional posturing - didn't make that at all clear. My bad.

I think I finally got it today.

We poor smucks actually love and have loyalty to our country, unlike the moneyed class that just well, you know, vacations where the temperatures are currently nice and the staff has freshened up the linen.

Which may be why the poor go to war and the rich tend to stay home in the US.