Former special counsel Scott Bloch files $202 million lawsuit against Karl Rove and others allegedly responsible for his removal from office.

May 17, 2011 - 2 Comments

Scott Bloch, Bush Administration head of the Office of Special Counsel, who was removed from office after investigations of improper conduct, has filed a $202 million lawsuit against those who he claims were instrumental in his removal, including top  Bush advisor Karl Rove, former Virginia congressman Tom David, deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Clay Johnson, former General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan, and dozens of others, including KMB Partner Debra S. Katz.   

Bloch, who was the head of the government agency charged with protecting whistleblowers from retaliation and keeping political activity out of government agencies, had been investigated for retaliating against employees and for improperly dismissing whistleblower cases, and was eventually removed from office and found guilty of contempt of Congress after he lied to Congress about having an external technical support agency perform a “seven-level scrub” of his and other office computers, permanently deleting emails and files documenting his misconduct.  Bloch was sentenced to a month in prison this March, which he is also in the process of appealing.

Bloch alleges that in demanding his termination, then White House Counsel Fred Fielding presented Bloch with documents sent by Katz to White House counsel that detailed his misdeeds and unlawful actions.   Katz sent the letters to the Bush White House in her capacity as counsel for whistleblower protection groups (POGO, GAP and PEER) and former OSC employees who charged that Bloch had engaged in a witch hunt to terminate them because of their sexual orientation and their support of federal unions. 

According to Katz, “like being listed on the Nixon “enemy list”, being charged by Bloch in this absurd lawsuit with helping to bring his ignominious tenure at OSC to an end is certainly a badge of honor.”

The lawsuit, filed under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) raises an overwhelming number of accusations against the long list of defendants.  Among them are conspiring to “violate civil an [sic] constitutional rights” by “selective and vindictive investigation and threatened persecution and wilfull [sic] subornation of perjury and tampering [with] grand jury proceedings” as well as “intentional and negligent infliction of mental and emotional distress” and for infringing on his rights to “Free Speech, Petition of Congress, Freedom of Religion,” and for defamation, libel, and slander.   The lawsuit demands $202 million: $100 million in damages, $100 million in punitive damages, and $2 million in litigation expenses.  Bloch and his wife have chosen to represent themselves in this matter.

2 Responses to “Former special counsel Scott Bloch files $202 million lawsuit against Karl Rove and others allegedly responsible for his removal from office.”

  1. June 06, 2011 at 10:03 pm, david Raymond Amos said:

    Clearly you people do not have the first clue about why I called today and tried to discuss this blog. All the fella who answered the phone today kept saying was I need to talk to an intake person as if I was trying to hire you to speak for me instead of me trying speak to you DUHHH?

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: David Amos
    Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 18:24:42 -0300
    Subject: RE Scott Bloch lawsuit 902 800 0369 and the John Edwards prosecution
    Cc: maritime_malaise

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    From: David Amos
    Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 17:09:38 -0300
    Subject: I just called from 902 800 0369
    To: sbloch
    Cc: maritime_malaise , oig ,

    Here ya go as demanded

    Your old office is on page 5 If you do not know about this it is
    obviously not my fault

    Trust that I am very busy too. Being put on hold forever and then your
    unwillness to listen for a minute ot two certainly didn’t help my mood

    Whereas you were too busy to listen me for a few minutes ask the RCMP
    and the SEC about the following file when you find the time to see if
    they if they will even discuss it with you.

    Veritas Vincit
    David Raymond Amos

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Scott Bloch
    Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 19:55:48 +0000
    Subject: RE: RE John Edwards I just called from 902 800 0369 and had a
    nice conversation with your assistant

    Dear Mr. Amos:
    Please send me the particular link you referred to that I am supposed
    to look at p. 5 of, because I can’t find the one your pointed me to in
    the e mail below.
    Thank you,
    Scott Bloch

    Law Offices of Scott J. Bloch, P.A.
    1050 17th St., NW Ste 600
    Washington, DC 20036
    PH: (202) 496-1290
    FAX: (202) 478-0479

  2. June 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm, Whistleblower Groups Urge Chief Judge Royce Lamberth to Consider Former Special Counsel Scott Bloch’s Failure to take Responsibility and Lack of Contrition when Sentencing Him for Lying to Cognress | Corporate Whistleblower said:

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