04/19/2007 05:20 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gonzales/Attorneys Hearing: A Direct, As Yet Unreported Connection Straight Into the White House

Arkansas U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins Was Fired Just After Reports Surfaced of Investigation into Law Firm of Top Level White House/GOP Operative and Close-Friend-of-Rove, Thor Hearne

There is a, so far, ignored direct connection to the White House concerning the firing of Arkansas' U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins.

Media reports from May of 2006, describe a corruption investigation by Cummins' office into MO Gov. Matt Blunt's use of the Missouri lawfirm Lathrop & Gage LC to run a chain of satellite state licensing offices.

Lathrop & Gage is the powerful firm of Blunt's general counsel, and Bush/Cheney '04's national general counsel Mark F. "Thor" Hearne.

As BRAD BLOG readers know, Hearne is a top-level White House operative, a very close friend of Karl Rove's and the co-founder of the currently-back-underground "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR), the mysteriously-funded group behind all of the GOP's phony "voter fraud" claims and the accompanying push for disenfranchising "Voter ID" restrictions at the polling place. (See our Special Coverage page on ACVR scam here...)

The first reports of Cummins' investigation into the Blunt/Lathrop Gage scandal were apparently in May of 2006. Cummins was removed from his position just afterwards in June of 2006 -- prior to all the other firings which took place later that year on the same day in December.

He was replaced at that point with Karl Rove's personal aide Timothy Griffin.

Someone on the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee needs to ask Gonzales about the axis between the firing of Cummins and the connection to Thor Hearne, Karl Rove and the White House.

I can't underscore enough Hearne's highly placed position as a White House operative, as the man behind the GOP's entire, systematic and well-financed "voter fraud" scheme/initiative (which has played directly into several of the other firings), his longtime efforts on behalf of and under the direct employ of MO Gov. Matt Blunt (son of the powerful GOP minority House Whip Roy Blunt), his position as a top attorney in the Republican National Lawyers Association (singled out by Rove during an April 2006 speech to that group of Republican election attorneys), and of course, as the national general counsel for Bush/Cheney '04 Inc.

It seems to reason then, that the Cummins investigation into Blunt and Lathrop Gage's questionable handling of those satellite state offices -- for profit -- would definitely have triggered alarm bells in the White House. Someone needs to inquire along those lines.

Brad Friedman is an investigative journalist, blogger and the proprietor of The BRAD BLOG, perhaps the nation's premier journalistic authority on issues related to American Election Integrity.