http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/02/politics/02ASHC.html?hp Close political ties between top White House aides and Attorney General John Ashcroft may force the appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether government officials illegally disclosed the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer. The New York Times notes that Karl Rove, President Bush's top political adviser, was a paid consultant to three of Ashcroft's campaigns in Missouri. Jack Oliver, the deputy finance chairman of Bush's 2004 re . . .
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