One of them is former Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Dawson who, according to the Main Justice website, was discussing writing the book in the summer of 2008 when he was still a federal prosecutor with the other co-author, a right-wing Republican blogger, Alan Lange.
The political irony is that the book is about prominent Democrats and trial lawyers who were prosecuted by Dawson.
Many believe this was a serious breach of ethics and blatant prosecutorial misconduct especially since Dawson was actively involved in pending investigations related to the original cases and appeared to have a bias in favor of Republicans.
Last week, we posted two posts. One was about Dawson's two contracts: the book contract and a secret employment contract Dawson obtained from the U.S. Attorney just days after he had retired. The other was an expose about how Dawson had been a protege of Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater Investigation of President Bill Clinton.
Then, to our surprise, Alan Lange, the Republican right-wing blogger who has written the book with Dawson, contacted us by email.
What a generous blogger!"I'd like to visit with you about your latest post. You have some completely erroneous information on your post that I'd like to help you clean up."
When we asked, what was exactly erroneous with our two posts, Lange replied:
Lange went on to quote three different parts of our posts and claimed our allegations were untrue or our time frame was way off. The three quotes were interestingly all about Tom Dawson.You stated in your posts that Tom (a) had a contract to work on a book while still a DOJ employee and (b) actually did do work on the book while still a DOJ employee. Both are absolutely false. I'd ask that you to correct that immediately in all posts on your site and cease printing maliciously inaccurate information.
We replied with three follow-up questions:
What was Lange's reply?Our intent is never to maliciously or intentionally post information that is wrong. To make sure we are understanding one another before we make any editorial changes, we have three follow-up questions based on your email:
[1.] So what you are saying is that you and Dawson didn't discuss the possibility of writing a book last year at the Ole Miss football game, correct?
[2.] When did you and Dawson begin discussing the possibility of writing a book and what date did you both agree to proceed with the project?
[3.] In addition, are you saying unequivocally that Dawson never planned, outlined, or wrote any part of the book while serving as an AUSA or paid consultant for the USA?
"I don't answer questions from people I don't know."
Wait a minute? Didn't Lange contact us? So, we replied:
So what is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us God?You certainly answered our emails before. Now that we wanted to [understand] the whole truth, you don't answer questions. We do not know you either.
Tom Dawson has an ethical and moral responsibility to the U.S. Department of Justice and citizens of the Northern District of Mississippi to answer those three questions. Dawson and company should be prepared for the most intrusive investigation of prosecutorial misconduct in recent times.