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Sen. Graham Goes to Aid of Fellow Impeachment Manager

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is coming to the aid of his old pal and fellow impeachment manager Jim Rogan, the former GOP congressman from California whose leading role in prosecuting the 42nd president of the United States may have blown his shot at becoming a federal judge.

But Graham has so far been unable to negotiate peace between Rogan and the California senator who is blocking Rogan's nomination.

As The Sleuth exclusively reported last month, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is blocking Rogan's nomination from moving forward, citing the ex-congressman's conservative views and his role in the impeachment saga. She's using her home-state prerogative to prevent Rogan, who is currently a California state judge, from even getting a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (This, despite the fact that Rogan over the years has become a pen pal of the former president and even donated impeachment memorabilia to the Clinton library in Arkansas.)

Graham now joins a motley cast of characters lobbying for Rogan that includes former Clinton White House special counsel Lanny Davis and Wall Street Journal editorial writers, who have now twice opined on our scoop (first in an online posting by John Fund on Dec. 3, then in print on Dec. 6). Graham told The Sleuth recently by telephone that he planned to "be an advocate for Jim" and "put my two cents in" with Boxer.

"In America you don't always look back, you look forward," said Graham, who, despite his role as an impeachment manager in 1998, has had a cordial working relationship with the impeached president's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). The two have even cosponsored legislation together.

"I've really enjoyed working with [Clinton]," Graham said. "Obviously, we decided to look forward."

But Boxer apparently isn't budging. We've learned Graham approached the California senator late last week and that, despite his best attempt, his two cents didn't go very far.

"She was cordial, polite and listened attentively," says a source familiar with the conversation. "But her unsaid words were: 'Don't hold your breath.'"

A spokeswoman for Boxer declined to comment on the senator's private conversation.

At least Rogan may take solace in knowing that the other California senator, Dianne Feinstein (D), has released her hold on his nomination. Erica Chabot, a spokeswoman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, tells us Feinstein has returned her blue slip to Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) -- a move that typically reflects a senator's willingness to move forward with a hearing.

Chabot pointed out that Feinstein's return of the blue slip did not indicate the senator's underlying support or opposition for the nomination. The move is strictly procedural, yet promising for Rogan.

But as long as Boxer objects to giving Rogan a hearing, so does Leahy, which means Rogan's chances of becoming a federal judge are all but doomed unless someone is able to convince Boxer to lift her hold. Chabot says "without the return of the blue slip, a nominee's file is incomplete" and, therefore, the chairman will not go against the home-state senator's wishes. "It's a matter of procedure."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 17, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
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Posted by: GGRANNY21 | December 17, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Clinton will speak up?

Posted by: FC | December 17, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Good for Sen. Boxer. The Clinton impeachment put the country through a world of unnecessary anguish. So much so, that now it's not possible to impeach a president that has clearly committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

Posted by: jay | December 17, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Ditto to GGranny21

Posted by: Rivery | December 17, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Stay Strong Senator Boxer!
Talk to Diane...she's looking more like Lieberman every day.

Posted by: kase | December 17, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Senator Graham is a hypocrit and a phony. He of the "walking and shopping" in Baghdad while surrounded on the ground and on high by an armed force kept out of sight of the cameras.

If Senator Graham will take the lead to impeach Bush, then, and only then, should the ban on Rogan be lifted. An eye for and eye is all the Republicans know. Give them what they want.

Hold tight Senator Boxer.

Posted by: Joe Grecco | December 17, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Don't give in, Senator Boxer. It's time Graham and Rogan reap what they have sowed!

Posted by: jmupl | December 17, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I also think it's time for politicians to realize they reap what they have soed.

Hold the line please Senator Boxer.

Posted by: Margaret | December 17, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness for Senator Boxer. It is refreshing to see a Democratic Senator with the courage to stand up for her convictions. It is too bad that so many others fail to exhibit that same courage.

Posted by: Veteran1 | December 17, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LEO BIALIS | December 17, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Three cheers for Boxer! If I had any money I'd send it to her for the DSCC.

Posted by: tampajay | December 17, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Boxer you are my shero. I am not pleased with the female Lieberman from California. Who will be running against her when she is up for reelection. That person would surely have my blessing.

Posted by: Calvin Gray | December 17, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Even though I am a lifelong Republican with substantial Republican credentials this conservative destruction of the Rule of Law as well as our constitution must be stopped. We do not need even one more conservative appointed to any federal court between now and the next election when I will cast my second straight Democratic ticket in 50 years, the first being last year. Hasn't this administration and the conservatives done enough damage? Does it make sense to enable them to do more? Hold that blue slip Senator and send this nomination to the South 40.

Posted by: Bob Scott | December 17, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Senator Boxer, Tear up that blue slip. We don't need any of these holier than thou impeachment Repubs on the federal bench. The fact that the Clintons have cozied up to them just proves they are polititians first and is no excuse to reward anyone who was a part of that embarressment for our country.

Posted by: bob | December 17, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Senator Boxer is truly a person of conviction and I have nothing but admiration for her. That she will stand fast against the conservative tide that has brought American to the brink of judicial disaster and political chaos makes her an American hero.

Posted by: | December 17, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Senator Boxer. Rip up that blue slip. I'm glad we have one democrat with a backbone to stand up against those lousy good for nothing republicans.Bush is the one who needs to be impeached for screwing the whole country.

Posted by: Tazann | December 17, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I intended to comment for this page but after reading all the previous comments I realize that nothing I can say would matter with so many nuts on the loose.

Posted by: Stephen Ryan | December 17, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Senator L. Graham, the same individual, who as a Officer in the USNR, spent his entire 2 week Reserve Training, in the Green Zone in Iraq? Now that is a real version of a Neocon Hypocrisy?
Other than Rumsfeld, what other one of W's Administration Neocons have ever served in the US Military for any length of time and maybe even in a combat situation?
Yea Graham to the "RESCUE", right???

Posted by: nalaegral | December 17, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

It's refreshing that someone like Barbara Boxer will stand up to the foney Linzy Graham. The guy that he should impeachis the guy in the white house now. He is a disgrace to the world.

Posted by: James Pender | December 18, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Graham and Rogan are republican snakes.

Posted by: IowaGlenn | December 18, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Whenever a member of the Republican party says "we've decided to look ahead" it means they've figured that there's something to be gained by joining the opposition on this one issue. Its not a sign of statesmanship so much as it is an end play. Be wary, they're not to be trusted.

Posted by: Doubtom | December 18, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Good for B.Boxer
It makes me glad I demitted from republican
party after we wasted 2 years saying "gotcha" to Bill Clinton, and now we have a dictator and no one is big enough to stand up and impeach him-we need a few more women or a lot of funerals to rid this country of GOOD OLD BOYS!!!

Posted by: Viola Gerlitz | December 18, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Hold the line Senator Boxer!

Way too many ultra rights (wrongs?) get life on the bench, keep this one out too!

Posted by: duke | December 18, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey I have a good idea. Why don't you all let the people decide? It is after all We The People who hold the power. I am all for impeaching this lawless nitwit Bush. I don't find congress or the senate doing their jobs when they let Bush run amok. They are all supposed to be up there PROTECTING the american people from government who is corrupt or bad. I am sovereign. I am american. I don't bow to a king and I don't like what your all doing. This is my life and our constitution protects it. If the congress and the senate cannot control this monster, we have every right to overthrow bad government and just because we have all been peaceful about it so far, just keep it up and you will feel a wrath from the american people you will wish you hadn't.

Posted by: Eskiegirl302 | December 18, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree....hang Boxer

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Posted by: votenic | December 19, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Boxer! Keep it up and DO NOT return that blue slip!

Posted by: David2007 | December 21, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Its about time some of the witchhunters have to pay for their sins.

Posted by: greenbob1 | December 25, 2007 5:01 AM | Report abuse

blue slip? did slick willy get his semen on her clothes too?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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