ROBERT LUSKIN-- THE RIGHT LAWYER FOR KARL ROVE
Last week it was my friend Ken who brought up the unthinkable-- that the Bush Regime would prevent the arrest and incarceration of slimy traitor Karl Rove by drawing a distinction between "only" identifying "Joe Wilson's wife" and Valerie Plame BY NAME. I mentioned at the time, half jokingly, that that would never fly because even 2-digit IQ hardcore Republicans in places like Mississippi and Alabama would know they were being snookered. And then this morning I woke up to a barrage of Repuglies on TV and radio who had apparently read the same talking points memo and were all either attacking Wilson and the Democrats criticizing Rove or doing a really bizarre dance that proved (once again) how prescient my friend Ken is.
Now I want to address the matter of Rove's attorney, Robert D. Luskin. It would only make sense that the sleaziest and most corrupt bucket of slime in Washington would find an attorney of equal stature.
Since Rove and the White House, previously dismissing all charges against Rove as too ridiculous to even consider seriously, have suddenly clammed up, most of what we get about the case-- having a Special Prosecutor somewhat more scrupulous about not leaking to the press the way Ken Starr never stopped doing-- comes from lil' Robbie Luskin. Is he to be trusted? Even a little? Luskin has said in the past that Rove had never told Cooper, Novak, or others that Plame was a clandestine operative for the CIA. He also has said that the special prosecutor has "repeatedly" assured him that Rove is not a target of the federal criminal probe (although Fitzgerald refuses to confirm or deny that). Last night Luskin said he would neither confirm or deny that Rove, ever spoke to Novak about Plame: "That particular question is not something I want to address at this point," he said.
Luskin has an interesting history worth looking into-- all very public and all certainly delved into carefully by Rove before he hired him. For example, it is widely know that Luskin is inexorably tied to New England's Patriarca Crime Family. (Yes, Bush's closest political aide is in bed with the Mafia.) A few years ago Patriarca "associate" and precious metals dealer, Stephen A. Saccoccia, was convicted of money-laundering for the 2 biggest South American drug cartels and La Cosa Nostra crime families in New England. Luskin was the attorney. Big deal, you say? Lawyers represent anyone, you say? Sit back and listen to the rest of this sordid tale (that Rove knew well). Saccoccia was sentenced to 660 years in federal prison, fined $15.8 million and ordered to forfeit all laundered money. (Justice should only be so Just in Luskin's current case.) Five years later Luskin, in a bargain that left him with a license to continue practicing law (and representing organized crime), was forced to forfeit to the federal government $245,000 of $674,296 he received in “legal fees” from Saccoccia. Luskin said he received 45 gold bars valued at $505,125 and $169,171 in wire transfers from a Swiss bank account. The U.S. Supreme Court had previously ruled that attorneys cannot be paid with funds acquired as the result of the crime and the Department of Justice went after Luskin charging him with "willful blindness" in accepting the gold bricks and suspicious wire transfers which were, after all, EXACTLY what Saccoccia was doing 660 years in the pen for! The U.S.-Attorney prosecuting Luskin pointed out that "Luskin had reasonable cause to know that these funds were the proceeds of Saccoccia’s money-laundering activities. Luskin, however, chose not to know the true origin of these funds.” Could Rove have found a more perfect match? And keep in mind that seizing attorney's fees is not an everyday occurrence. It happens two or three times a year. A lawyer has to be a really bad character to get the Department of Justice to go after him that way-- REALLY REALLY bad.