IS THERE A MORMON MAFIA BEHIND KYLE SAMPSON? OR JUST A NETWORK OF FAR RIGHT EXTREMISTS?
Karen, the head of DWT's Mean Jean Schmidt Department, had a slow news week with Mean Jean keeping a low profile after the vomit incident. So Karen started tracing some of the friendship webs that have been behind Kyle Sampson's otherwise inexplicable rise to power. Karen discovered a network of wingnuts, many of whom are Brigham Young University alumni and believers in the large and wealthy Mormon cult, who recommend and protect each other. Their cabal has been fueled by a huge influx of patronage from the Bush Regime. (It helps explain why Utah is the last remaining state in the entire U.S. where Bush is viewed as doing a good job as president.) Karen pointed out to me that there is no comparable network among, say Methodists who graduated from SMU, or among any other sect or religious group, although I hope some time she will take a look at the highly secretive Opus Dei sect for us.
by Karen Allen
In the ongoing matter of the seven US Attorneys being fired for political reasons, it’s interesting to look at the threads and knots beneath the tapestry. As an example, let's take a look at Kyle Sampson, who recently resigned his title as Chief of Staff for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Sampson didn't quit, he just gave up his title. Today, he is still drawing his full salary at the Department of Justice.
Two of Sampson’s, and relatedly Gonzales', most staunch supporters in the media have been Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The relationships of these men and others who are outspoken for Sampson run deep and mysteriously.
Sheldon Bradshaw, a former Bush deputy US Attorney General and now Counsel in the Food and Drug Administration, says Sampson has "an outstanding legal mind." Bradshaw is said to have slowed down the prosecution of tobacco companies by the FDA. Bradshaw also is first counselor to Kyle Sampson, in the same ward (district) where Sampson is the bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City. Sheldon graduated from Brigham Young University.
Corrine Larsen Bradshaw worked for Senator Orrin Hatch. Mrs. Bradshaw is the wife of the above Sheldon Bradshaw. She also was legislative director for Utah Senator Robert Bennett.
Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is a good friend of Sampson’s and was a classmate of his in law school. It was Elizabeth who is said to have put a word in with her father to get Sampson a top job in the Bush administration. Hatch was also instrumental.
Sampson practiced law in Salt Lake City until 1999, when he then began working in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch.
Brad Berenson was an associate counsel to Bush in the first term. He states Sampson has "a shrewd political talent." Berenson is now Sampson’s lawyer in the US Attorney matter now under Congressional scrutiny.
An email released in the document dump this past Thursday suggests Sampson as early as 2005 may have tried to push US Attorney for Utah Paul Warner out of his job so Sampson could then be appointed US Attorney. Warner did leave his position in 2006 to become a federal magistrate.
The job in Utah as US Attorney was given to Brett Tolman, a former Senate Judiciary Committee staff member to Senator Arlen Specter, who Specter now blames for inserting the stealthy, last-minute paragraph into the Patriot Act renewal in March, 2006, permitting Bush to appoint US Attorneys without congressional approval. In essence, Tolman wrote and surreptitiously inserted the paragraph in the Patriot Act renewal that enabled him to get the job as US Attorney.
Another Utah resident, Taylor Oldroyd, now with the US Dept. of Agriculture, wrote a piece in an issue of the Brigham Young University alumni magazine, saying that he and other Sampson friends now have jobs in the Bush administration.
Brigham Young University recently removed Kyle Sampson’s photo from its online alumni magazine so that members of the media would not have access to it.
Bush nominated Charles R. Christopherson, Jr. to be chief financial officer of the Department of Agriculture. Christopherson graduated from Brigham Young Univ.
Timothy Flanagan, a friend of Sampson’s, was named as US Deputy Attorney General, despite opponents pointing out that Flanagan had no prosecutorial experience whatsoever. Flanagan previously worked at the disgraced Tyco Corporation. Flanagan is another Brigham Young alumnus.
Michael O’Neil is Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee (see Brett Tolman, above). O’Neill also graduated from Brigham Young Univ.
Thomas Griffith was appointed to the DC Circuit Court, which hears appeals from the US District Court and reviews the decisions of a number of administrative agencies. Griffith also graduated from Brigham Young Univ.
Robert Clive Jones was nominated by Bush to the federal District Court judgeship. Jones also graduated from Brigham Young Univ.
Jay Bybee became the judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, nominated by Bush. Bybee listed one of his passions as serving the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, an international professional organization for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Bybee also graduated from Brigham Young Univ.
Ted Stewart, former chief of staff to the governor of Utah, was confirmed as a federal district court judge.
Utah District Court Judge Denise Posse-Blanco Lindberg testified on behalf of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts at his confirmation hearings. She was appointed to her state court position by Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt, whom Bush chose as Secretary of Health and Human Services. She graduated from Brigham Young Univ.
Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) has said no one has been able to show that any corruption was involved in the US Attorney firings. Yet each day it becomes more obvious as a fact that politics was the only involvement in those firings, directly by the Department of Justice and the White House. Cannon further states there is "nothing wrong with firing attorneys for the reason of politics."
Dick Cheney will be this year’s commencement speaker at Brigham Young University.
Is this making your head spin yet? There is much, much more!