Robert Novak

Richard A. Hertling, the acting Justice Department lobbyist, responded Wednesday, 22 days after Emanuel's letter. He contended "the Justice Department would not ever seek the resignation of a U.S. attorney if doing so would jeopardize a public corruption case" and rejected naming Lam as a special prosecutor.


The long shot Democratic presidential campaign by Christopher J. Dodd, the new Banking Committee chairman, solicited banking industry executives and lobbyists -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- for a fund-raising reception Wednesday.

Melanie Wong, an experienced Democratic fund-raiser who identified herself as Dodd's "mid-Atlantic regional finance director," sent the invitations. They addressed lobbyists by their first names, even those she had never met and who had never contributed to Dodd.

The evening event was held at Washington's luxurious Madison Hotel to find individual fund-raisers. A "Team of 46" will consist of supporters who pledge to raise $46,000 for Dodd.


The non-profit Clinton Foundation denied conservative writer R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. permission to use in his new book a photograph taken last year of the Clinton-baiting editor of the American Spectator with the former president at Clinton's 60th birthday party in Toronto.

In the prologue of "The Clinton Crackup," Tyrrell describes how he managed to get an invitation to the lavish celebration Sept. 9. According to Tyrrell, Clinton did not recognize him despite confrontation between them at the Jockey Club restaurant in Washington in 1995. The Washington Post described the president going "ballistic" against Tyrrell.

When Tyrrell asked permission to use the photograph in his new anti-Clinton book, Canadian photographer Anil Mungal responded on Feb. 2: "I regret to report that the Clinton Foundation has not granted permission to release the photo."

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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