Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen caught Karl Rove in a lie while the former "Bush's Brain" was ranting in GQ about Alabama Republican whistleblower Jill Simpson.
Rove had claimed that Simpson was a "lunatic" and a "loon" and specifically said she was wrong in her reference to Republican headquarters in Virginia. But Madsen, who runs the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), reports that Rove is the one with the faulty memory:
In the interview, Rove falsely claims that Bush-Cheney Transition headquarters was in Austin, Texas in January 2001 when it was, in fact, in an office in McLean, Virginia that was formerly used by Dick Cheney as a Halliburton office.
Madsen follows up with this interesting nugget:
WMR previously reported that at least one phone call originated from the McLean transition office to the Pamela Martin & Associates escort service.
Madsen provides details about Power Line, a right-wing blog that Rove touted in his GQ interview. Turns out Power Line has some interesting ties to the Martin escort service--and so evidently does Vice President Dick Cheney:
PowerLine is run by three former fellows of the neocon Claremont Institute in California. Its most well-known blogger is Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld attorney Paul Mirengoff. Akin Gump's headquarters are located in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood, a popular "entertainment" area that has been frequented on a number of occasions by Rove.
It is noteworthy that an Akin Gump legal secretary was suspended last May after it was discovered that she was an escort for the Pamela Martin escort agency, which counted Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter, US Agency for International Development director Randy Tobias, and Dick Cheney military strategy adviser Harlan Ullman as clients. WMR also reported that Cheney, himself, was a client of the agency when he served as CEO of Halliburton.
Perhaps most interesting to folks in Alabama is Madsen's report that Republicans are planning to claim that Simpson used the ChoicePoint data-mining firm to illegally obtain a credit report on U.S. Judge Mark Fuller, who oversaw the Don Siegelman trial. ChoicePoint, by the way, has interesting ties to the 2000 presidential election. Madsen reports that a Fuller representative is pressuring ChoicePoint to go along with the false claim that Simpson acted illegally in obtaining credit information on Fuller. Toll-road projects evidently are at the heart of GOP concerns over the matter:
The GOP in Alabama, using its influence peddlers at the Press Register, is reportedly planning to claim that Simpson illegally obtained from the data mining firm Choice Point a credit report on US Judge Mark Fuller, the scandal-tainted judge who presided over the Siegelman case and ordered Siegelman directly to prison following his conviction. ChoicePoint is the firm that was charged with assisting Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to purge and cage voters lists in the 2000 Florida presidential election that propelled George W. Bush into the White House.
WMR has learned that Fuller is being probed by investigative journalists targeting his financial interests in Alabama toll road projects, contracts that involve ChoicePoint. WMR has also learned that a representative for Fuller contacted ChoicePoint and said their contracts on the toll road projects could be jeopardized if the firm did not cooperate in the false claim that Simpson "illegally" obtained financial information on Fuller from the firm.