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Bushies more like the Nixon WH every day

Secretary Rosemary Woods demonstrating how she may have erased tape recordings in the good old days of Tricky Dick; Gonzales gave the Rove and Co. plenty of time — 12 hours — to burn out the motor on the shredder.

“The real question now is, who did the chief of staff speak to? Did the chief of staff pick up the phone and call (Bush political adviser) Karl Rove? Did the chief of staff pick up the phone and call anybody else?”
— Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware

Did Gonzales have a shredding party? Like the story of Nixon’s secretary Rosemary Woods accidentally creating a “gap” in the infamous tapes, did Alberto give not only Andy Card, but also bad penny Karl Rove advance warning to destroy evidence? This “12-hour gap” (of time and credibility) is getting the attention of the press. Here’s Reuters:

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Sunday that he immediately told White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card — but delayed telling others — when the Justice Department launched an investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative.

Gonzales, who at the time was White House counsel, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he waited until the next morning to discuss the issue with President Bush and to formally notify the rest of the White House staff, requiring them to preserve any materials connected to the investigation.

…A New York Times columnist reported on Sunday that Gonzales was notified about the investigation on the night of Sept. 29, 2003, but waited 12 hours before telling the White House staff about the inquiry.

Asked about the report on CBS, Gonzales said his office was notified about the investigation at about 8:00 p.m. and that he had his staff “go back to the Department of Justice lawyers and ask them, ‘Do you want us to notify the staff now, immediately, or would it be OK to notify the staff early in the morning?”‘

“And we were advised, go ahead and notify the staff early in the morning, that would be OK,” Gonzales said. “Most of the staff had gone home. No one knew about the investigation.”

But Gonzales said he did tell one person at the White House — Card.

Gonzales said he told the president first thing the next morning, “and shortly thereafter, there was notification sent out to all the members of the White House staff.”

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