Cliff Arnebeck: "Rove Is A Common Criminal"
Arnebeck, Lead Attorney For Plaintiffs In Ohio RICO Lawsuit About 2004 Election, Also Says Rove "Destroyed Emails That Would Have Revealed His Role In Extending [Iraq] War"
Just before Thanksgiving, we covered the announcement that Cliff Arnebeck, lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the Ohio RICO lawsuit King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell, had filed a document hold request with the Georgia Secretary of State in advance of the December 2nd run-off election between incumbent U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) and his opponent, Jim Martin (D).
You can find background on the King Lincoln case here on The BRAD BLOG, as well as on this site here and here, but in brief, Ohio voters filed a lawsuit alleging voting rights violations and election irregularities in the 2004 Presidential election in the Buckeye State.
Arnebeck is alleging a racketeering scheme to "to corrupt elections in the United States over the course of this decade." According to the letter [pdf] he sent to Karen Handel, GA's secretary of state, Mr. Arnebeck is now also looking into election shenanigans in Georgia during the 2002 election as part of that conspiracy. (That election saw former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman unseated in highly suspicious electoral circumstances. Extensive coverage of Don Siegelman's torment and imprisonment can be found here on The BRAD BLOG.)
We had a chance to have a quick chat over the phone with Mr. Arnebeck.
VRWhy have you filed a document hold request in Georgia? After all, this case is about Ohio, isn't it?
Mr. ArnebeckUnder our state racketeering statute, we do have the ability to reach out where the activity occurs in other states as part of the enterprise over which Ohio has jurisdiction. We can reach out and address it in the larger context.
VRWhat methods do you believe Karl Rove has used to cover up the alleged election theft in Ohio and in Georgia?
Mr. ArnebeckRove is a common criminal, and his technique is to suppress the targeted classes of voters, defame the Democratic candidate, and then tamper with the votes, preferably using electronic voting machines. He creates the appearance that the defamatory attack worked and reversed the pre-election polling, and then he attacks the exit polling as being not accurate.
VRHow could Rove get away with stealing the 2004 Presidential election?
Mr. ArnebeckIn that case, Rove used the Iraq War as cover. He could paint people as unpatriotic for daring to question the integrity of the wartime commander in chief. I believe Rove destroyed emails that would have revealed his role in extending that war.
VRBesides using these methods on the public, do you think Rove also tried to play the press or people in the government using the same techniques?
Mr. ArnebeckHe probably pitched the FBI, the press, and others with the same line, which he could do quite effectively from his policy position in the White House.
VRDo you think these election fraud schemes have any particular impact on the American South?
Mr. ArnebeckIn the case of the South, it's a particularly heinous approach because he's attacking the very concept of the South as having any tradition of honor, because he's suggesting that the defamatory attack is effective and people are persuaded by it.
VRAny special thoughts regarding the 2002 Senate race between the then-incumbent Max Cleland and Saxby Chambliss, and Chambliss' ad showing a picture of then-Sen. Cleland next to pictures of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein?
Mr. ArnebeckIn the case of Max Cleland, Rove suggests people are persuaded by it [the attack ad] even though it's obviously a very phony attack. It's really a defamation of the South and its tradition of honor.
We appreciate Mr. Arnebeck taking the time to speak with us.