Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Miers played role in Bush’s Guard cover up

October 5, 2005 Headlines | Miers played role in Bush’s Guard cover up: "Harriet Miers is a skilled lawyer who has worked on behalf of big business, including Microsoft and Disney. But her main qualification for a U.S. Supreme Court seat appears to be her loyal service to George W. Bush. That was certainly in evidence in 1998, when Bush was running for re-election as Texas governor while considering a run for president, and paid her $19,000 to run an internal probe of any possible trouble lurking in Bush’s National Guard service.

Not long after that, a lawsuit alleged that the Texas Lottery Commission, then chaired by Bush appointee Miers, played a role in a multi-million dollar cover-up of the scandal. It’s a murky chapter that could provide some fodder for Miers’ upcoming confirmation hearings.

According to Newsweek's Michael Isikoff, Miers and other aides quickly identified a problem in 1998 — rumors that Bush had help from his father in getting into the National Guard back in 1968.

Ben Barnes, a prominent Texas Democrat and former speaker of the Texas House, told friends he had used his influence to get Bush a Guard slot after receiving a request from Houston oilman Sid Adger. But Barnes didn’t actually speak directly to Bush Sr. and had no documents to back up his story."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Bineaux said...

Well my goodness! Another person who covered for Bush gets A cushy and undeserved appointment & no one knows anything abut her "record." Actually, her "record" of plum public appointmentss via G.W.B. goes to the Lottery Commission where Ben Barnes recieved a "nice" severence package from the Lottery operators(see a pattern here?) Then said operators were re-awarded their concession over lower bidders.
As Don Imus said, "at least Bush didn't appoint Karen Hughes to the Supreme Court."

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