Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Even more bad news is coming out on the White House about its dirty tricks department. Even as the White House tries to parse words over its selective leaking of "double-secret, non-secret, kind-of declassified, classified material," news is coming out that the White House may have had a hand or at least knowledge of the phone jamming scheme during the 2002 New Hampshire elections. Three top Republican officials have already been convicted of the scheme and another one is under indictment.

Records show that the top republican operative convicted so far had made 2 dozen calls to the white house in the three days prior to the election, when the plans for the phone jamming were being finalized.

The RNC has been paying for all the legal bills for the indicted and convicted Republicans.

Records in N.H. Case Show White House Ties
By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Republican officials describe the two-dozen calls to the White House around Election Day 2002 as normal conversations about a close Senate race in New Hampshire.

Democrats have suggested in a court filing that another subject was discussed: a GOP scheme that jammed phone lines to keep state Democrats from being encouraged to vote.

The phone-jamming operation has led to three federal convictions and a pending indictment. Prosecutors have not raised questions in court about the White House conversations — but records of the calls were available to them as criminal court exhibits.

The records show that Republican campaign operative James Tobin, who recently was convicted in the case, made two dozen calls to the White House within a three-day period around Election Day 2002 — as the jamming operation was finalized, carried out and then abruptly shut down.

The national Republican Party, which paid millions in legal bills to defend Tobin, says it was "preposterous" to suggest the calls involved phone jamming.

Democrats have filed a motion asking a federal judge to order GOP and White House officials to answer questions about the phone jamming. The filing is part of the Democrats' civil lawsuit that alleges Republican voter fraud and seeks monetary damages.

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