Monday, June 20, 2011

Favorable Article on Rod Rosenstein

This is an interesting article about the apparent refusal by the United States Attorney for Maryland, Rod Rosenstein, to sign an indictment that was thereafter tried in another district and failed to survive a Rule 29 motion.  The facts from A  to Z are a little more complex than that summary would suggest.  Sue Reisinger, Why Didn't the Maryland U.S. Attorney Sign the Lauren Stevens Indictment? ( 6/20/11).  Still, the article is quite favorable to Rosenstein was was formerly principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tax Division History - Involvement in Bay of Pigs Prisoners' Release

I just became aware of this interesting bit of Tax Division and broader tax and U.S. history. Tax Division luminaries and a host of others were involved in behind the scenes maneuvering to meet Castro's demands for medicine in return for the prisoners captured in the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Prominent Tax Division alumni involved were Louis Oberdorfer (then AAG, Tax), John B. Jones, Jr. (First Assistant AAG, Tax), and Mitchell Rogovin (then Assistant to Commissioner IRS and later AAG, Tax). I include below the links to some of this history and the list of persons mentioned in the Oral History interview of Messrs. Oberforder, Jones and Rogovin.

Oral History Interview of June 2, 1964 - here and here.

David Wise and Thomas b. Ross, The Invisible Government, section called Gray Operation. (I don't vouch of the complete accuracy of this account, but even if it were historical fiction it is interesting.)

Persons mentioned in the Oral History Interview:

Name Index
Bighinatti, Enso V., 16

Caplin, Mortimer M., 1, 2, 5
Castro, Fidel, 2, 7, 19
Coppock, Don, 21
Cutler, Lloyd N., 6

Dodge, Joseph M., 3

Edson, Robert C., 15
Eisenhower, Milton S., 3

Feldman, Myer, 3
Freeman, Orville L., 18
Harriman, E. Roland, 14
Hurwitch, Robert A., 3

Katzenbach, Nicholas deB., 3, 6, 13, 22
Kennedy, John F., 2, 3, 10, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22
Kennedy, Robert F., 5, 10, 11, 12, 18

Miskovsky, Milan “Mike”, 3

Nolan, John E., 22

Rauh, Joseph Louis, Jr., 2

Shea, Robert, 14, 15
Starr, Elvis, 13
Surrey, Stanley S., 3, 5

Wilson, John J., 13