Murray Waas

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New Revelations About Ted Olson:

Several individuals told federal investigators in 1998 and 1999 that one of the overseers of the Arkansas Project had recruited Theodore B. Olson, President Bush's nominee for Solicitor General, to provide legal representation for David L. Hale, the Whitewater Independent Counsel's chief witness against Bill Clinton. During his recent confirmation hearings, Olson himself claimed to have virtually no recollection of how he had come to represent Hale. Olson's nomination is already stalled because of concerns by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats about whether Olson has given honest and forthcoming testimony on related matters. The Arkansas Project was a $2.4 million effort to investigate and discredit President Clinton, mounted by The American Spectator magazine between 1993 and 1997, and funded by conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. Attorneys who are familiar with still-secret portions of the so-called "Shaheen report" -- which detailed the relationship between the...

How Olson Got Confirmed

The Senate vote last week to confirm Theodore B. Olson as solicitor general by a razor-thin margin had everything to do with politics and little to do with the strength of the Democrats' case in opposing the nominee, according to key senators and congressional staff. Democrats continued to insist that Olson had indeed given misleading and untruthful testimony during his confirmation hearings but refrained from blocking Olson's nomination. The Democratic leadership's strategy was to allow Olson's nomination an easy pass and thereby gain greater credibility when opposing future conservative judicial nominations by the Bush administration for the federal judiciary and potentially the Supreme Court. The Republicans' victory on Olson, however, now comes at a longer-term cost as power shifts to the Democrats in the Senate. As a senior aide to the Democratic leadership said, "By winning, they lose. They get Olson, but now we get to play a real role in the selection of federal judges." And as...

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