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GOP Senator: "Recusal is Something Ashcroft Ought to Consider"

The right has been screaming partisan politics all week, but some in the GOP are breaking ranks, such as Republican Senator Arlen Specter. He is calling for attorney general John Ashcroft to recuse himself from the probe into alleged White House leaks that led to the outting of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Citing obvious conflicts of interest, such as Karl Rove’s history as a political advisor to Ashcroft during his gubernatorial and Senate campaigns. Democrats have been calling for an independent cousel to investigate the matter, but this marks the first high ranking GOP official to express doubts over Ashcroft’s partiality.

Sen. Specter is an influential member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which investigates and suggests judicial appointments.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at October 2, 2003 1:41 PM