Let the Public See Democrats' Memos, Group Says
(CNSNews.com) - A government watchdog group says the American public must be allowed to see memos written by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee - memos that may outline unethical or possibly illegal activity, says one man who read some of them.
Republicans found the Democrats' memos on a shared government computer.
The Center for Individual Freedom said the full content of the memos should be revealed - so the public "can evaluate for itself the seriousness of the apparent corruption practiced by Judiciary Committee Democrats."
The Center also repeated its call for the Justice Department to conduct a full investigation into what the memos say - to see if any laws were broken, "when Democrats conspired with special interest groups to delay and obstruct consideration of President Bush's judicial nominees."
The Center for Individual Freedom, which describes itself as a constitutional advocacy group, says it has worked diligently for more than three years to "end the corruption plaguing the judicial confirmation process in the United States."
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Pickle is investigating how the Democrats' memos were leaked to the media, but critics say his investigation misses the point. They say investigators should be examining the content of the memos.
"Regardless of any wrongdoing that the Pickle report may reveal, the content of the memoranda that have been released cannot be ignored," said Center for Individual Freedom Executive Director Jeffrey Mazzella.
"These memos outline...at the very least, unethical wrongdoing by Elaine Jones of the NAACP and possibly Senator Ted Kennedy, in the effort to stack the judicial deck in Ms. Jones' clients' favor in the University of Michigan affirmative action case.
"We now know that the more than 3,000 memos that have not been revealed to the public may detail criminal wrongdoing," Mazzella continued. "Specifically, references have been made to a special interest group's threat to withhold campaign contributions if at least one Judiciary Committee Democrat failed to act in accordance with the group's demand on judicial nominees."
As CNSNews.com recently reported, Manuel Miranda, a former Republican counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said that the Democrats' strategy memos -- some of which he read -- indicate possible corruption.
In an interview with CNSNews.com, Miranda charged that the "profit motive" is driving the Judiciary Committee's battles over key Bush administration appointments.
Miranda said the abortion industry, trial lawyers and labor unions are exerting undue influence over the judicial confirmation process. The Democrats' memos seem to offer support for that accusation, he said.
"I recall seeing memos that indicated that the vote for at least one nominee was being influenced by the promise of campaign funding and campaign election support in the North Carolina and Louisiana Senate races," Miranda told CNSNews.com .
"The effort to control the judiciary is really an enormous and well-orchestrated profit-making business," Miranda said.
See Earlier Stories:
Former GOP Staff Attorney Says 'Profit Motive' Drives Judiciary Battles (Feb. 20, 2004)
Miranda Feels 'Disappointment' in Lack of GOP Support (Feb. 24, 2004)
Ex-GOP Lawyer Wants Judiciary Probe Focused on Democrat 'Corruption' (Feb. 23, 2004)