While no one was awake or paying attention, the White House went to court:
FROM MSNBC: WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is laying out a new secrecy defense in an effort to end a court battle about the White House visits of now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The administration agreed last year to produce all responsive records about the visits "without redactions or claims of exemption," according to a court order.
But in a court filing Friday night, administration lawyers said that the Secret Service has identified a category of highly sensitive documents that might contain information sought in a lawsuit about Abramoff's trips to the White House.
Abramoff? We're still dealing with issues related to Abramoff? Talk about a story with legs. One would have thought that Jack would be sitting in his cell, having washed his hands of this and finished telling everything he knew.
But no, it gets better:
'Sensitive Security Records'
The Justice Department, citing a Cold War-era court ruling, declared that the contents of the "Sensitive Security Records" cannot be publicly revealed even though they could show whether Abramoff made more visits to the White House than those already acknowledged.
"The simple act of doing so ... would reveal sensitive information about the methods used by the Secret Service to carry out its protective function," the Justice Department argued.
"This is an extraordinary development and it raises the specter that there were additional contacts with President Bush or other high White House officials that have yet to be disclosed," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that filed the suit. "We've alleged that the government has committed misconduct in this litigation and frankly this is more fuel for that fire."
A response by White House spokesman Trey Bohn referred to the Secret Service, saying, "We have nothing to add to the USSS. position as stated in the court filing."
Unadulterated bullshit, that's what this is. The White House is on the cusp of getting caught doing something ELSE that betrays the Constitution, ignores the rule of law, and does nothing but feed money into the Republican political apparatus.
Your Republican Party at work.
Will Abramoff STILL be a relevant issue on 2008? It's starting to look like he will be.
"I don't know him," Bush said at the presidential news conference in January 2006. "I've never sat down with him and had a discussion with the guy."
After Bush's comments, Abramoff wrote an e-mail to the national editor of Washingtonian magazine saying that Bush had seen him "in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows."
Another lie, another example of pure corruption, another stain on a record full of stains.
What else is there to be outraged about? What else have they done in the last 24 hours. I'm sooooooo glad dignity and honor have been restored to the White House. I'm so glad the adults have been in charge for the last seven years. You know, this country has been so very well taken care of by having two former oil men in charge and by having such professional corporate types running things.
Yeah, it's hard to find the appropriate level of outrage. I'm just being half-heartedly sarcastic because I just can't believe it...I can't.