Posted by Curt on 24 April, 2006 at 6:32 pm. 1 comment.


Move America Forward has posted a good summary of a few of the links involved between McCarthy and the Clinton Coup Team:

Move America Forward has learned that McCarthy and Priest had other intersecting interests.
McCarthy?s political involvement suggests a coordinated effort by former Clinton Administration officials to proactively undermine the war on terrorism to advance their political interests.

?This cast of characters also has a bad habit of breaching U.S. security when it serves their own political agenda, and that is disgraceful behavior,? said Melanie Morgan, Chairman of the Move America Forward.

Mary McCarthy has a well-documented history of making political contributions to individuals opposed to the Bush Administration?s anti-terrorism policies. The most recent political contributions by McCarthy were made just last month ? two contributions made to Democrat Joseph Sestak, who is challenging Republican congressman Curt Weldon for Congress.

McCarthy?s support for Sestak is interesting for two reasons. First, Sestak served as Director for Defense Policy at the National Security Council (NSC) during the Clinton Administration. McCarthy was a Special Assistant to President Clinton and also a Senior Director at the NSC during the Clinton Administration.

Second, Sestak?s opposition to Weldon is noteworthy because of the national recognition Weldon has received for calling attention to the Able Danger scandal. The Able Danger matter involves claims that some of the 9/11 terrorists were identified during the Clinton Administration, which failed to take action to detain the terrorists.

[…]It should also be noted that the man who organized the Sestak fundraising effort that Mary McCarthy participated in was none other than Sandy Berger, the former National Security Adviser to President Bill Clinton. Berger admitted to federal investigators that he removed and destroyed classified terrorism documents, which may have been embarrassing to Clinton administration officials.

The Sestak campaign has been organized largely with the backing of Senator John Kerry, 2004 Democrat candidate for President and frequent critic of the Bush Administration?s handling of the war against terrorism. Sestak has said his early contributions were raised through Kerry?s political action committee, Keeping America?s Promise, and from an email Kerry sent out supporting Sestak.

Federal Election records show that Ms. McCarthy gave $7,000 to John Kerry?s 2004 presidential campaign (including $5,000 to the Ohio Democrat Party in support of Kerry?s campaign) as well as contributions to the Democratic National Committee.

These contributions are consistent with the pattern of former Clinton national security staff involving themselves in political races to undermine the war on terrorism. What has received less scrutiny has been Mary McCarthy?s political support for 2002 Minnesota Democratic congressional candidate Steven Peter Andreasen.

Andreasen was backed by the same coalition of former Clinton Administration officials, including Sandy Berger (contributed $1,000) and Richard Clarke (contributed $2,000). Clarke made international headlines when he too made public criticisms of the Bush Administration?s handling of the war against terrorism and decision to use military force in Iraq.

A quote from the above piece needs to be reiterated over and over:

suggests a coordinated effort by former Clinton Administration officials to proactively undermine the war on terrorism to advance their political interests

This simple statement effectively nails this whole story in a nutshell. The Clinton Coup Team has obviously been at this for some time and have been somewhat effective until Goss came along.

Meanwhile Byron York think he knows what’s coming next since McCarthy now denies she is the leaker:

NBC News is reporting that Mary McCarthy, while acknowledging that she had contacts with the Washington Post’s Dana Priest, denies revealing any classified information. What now? Well, using the template established in the Plame/Fitzgerald investigation, the next steps seem clear. First, the Justice Department will begin an investigation. Then, McCarthy, like Lewis Libby, Karl Rove, and many White House staffers, will sign a waiver releasing Priest from any pledge of confidentiality. Next, prosecutors will subpoena Priest to tell prosecutors what McCarthy told her. Then, if Priest argues that McCarthy’s waiver was coerced, McCarthy will assure Priest that it was given willingly and give her blessing to Priest’s testimony. And then Priest, like Judith Miller, Matthew Cooper, and others, will — under oath — tell prosecutors precisely what McCarthy said.


Sure, that’s what we’ll see happen. /Sarcasm

The new Michelle Malkin video and podcast site, Hot Air, has a great rundown on the whole story if your head is swimming with all the facts coming in.? My original post with 25 updates can be found here.? Between the two you should come away with a good understanding of this whole story.

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