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Federal DAs fired for not making political prosecutions

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:34 am

The Washinton Post reports that a recent mass firing of federal district attorneys was because they weren't following White House policies over who and what to prosecute.
The White House approved the firings of seven U.S. attorneys late last year after senior Justice Department officials identified the prosecutors they believed were not doing enough to carry out President Bush's policies on immigration, firearms and other issues, White House and Justice Department officials said yesterday.
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One of the complaints came from Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.), who specifically raised concerns with the Justice Department last fall about the performance of then-U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias of New Mexico, according to administration officials and Domenici's office.

Iglesias has alleged that two unnamed New Mexico lawmakers pressured him in October to speed up the indictments of Democrats before the elections. Domenici has declined to comment on that allegation.
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The firings have sparked outrage from Democrats and some Republicans in Congress as details emerge about the unusual decision to remove so many at once on Dec. 7, in the middle of the administration's term. The issue escalated this week with the allegations from Iglesias, who has said he will name the two New Mexico lawmakers who called him if he is asked under oath.

I realize that federal DAs serve at the pleasure of the president and are routinely replaced when a different political party takes control the White House, but firing someone because he isn't indicting people of the opposite party is beyond the pale.
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Postby Marvell » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:02 pm

Over at Talking Points Memo they've been covering this story pretty intensely; and with good reason - this sucker has the potential to make PageFuckerGate look like small potatoes. If nothing else, you've got two New Mexico Republicans, a Congresswoman and a Senator, essentially pleading the Fifth Amendment on whether they attempted to interfere in a criminal investigation for partisan political advantage. Of course, given the Bush junta's repeatedly demonstrated willingness to use any and all aspects of the Federal Government for political purposes, no one should really be all that surprised.

What is striking is, again, the insane incompetence and arrogance of the Bushistas. From TPM:

"It also looks like Iglesias was prepared to take the fall and go quietly until Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty testified to Congress that the U.S. attorney dismissals were for performance reasons. Only after he was smeared did Iglesias speak out."

In other words, in the interests of covering the White House's butt the AG's office tossed Iglesias - a Republican appointee who was dutifully carrying water for them - under the bus.

Real smooth move, Alberto. Better start getting used to the sensation of Pat Leahy bitch-slapping your sorry ass.
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Postby goofticket » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:32 am

The Dems have issued subpoenas on this.
Yes, real actual legal, you come here and take an oath subpoenas!
Nice tasty, fresh from the oven, subpoenas!
Contempt of Congress, answer my question now Mr. Gonzalez, or sit in the pokey over the weekend and think about it, subpoenas!
We're her to serve a search warrant, Mr. Bush kind of subpoenas.
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Postby Andy Olsen » Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:12 pm

Mmmmmmm, those sure are some tasty subpoenas! They better start mixing up a while new batch because they only have two years!
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Postby Marvell » Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:12 pm

So - the shit-canned US attorneys are testifying in Congress as we speak. Looks like this sucker is going to have legs; if nothing else, there may be some Obstruction of Justice indictments handed out to high-ranking officials in the Attorney General's Office.

Here's a little light reading, demonstrating how things work behind the scenes in this, the most ethical of all Presidential administrations.
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Postby Marvell » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:54 pm

For those who might still need convincing that the autocratic style of the Bush administration is incompatible with even the most minimal functioning of our democracy, I submit this article for your consideration.

Not content to throw the purged US attornies under the bus to protect their asses, Alberto the Magnificent is having his winged monkies stab Senators from their own party in the back.

Honestly - what's it going to take? Isn't it abundantly clear by now to everyone who actually believes in our system of government - no matter what their ideological persuasion - that the Bush administration is completely out of control?
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Postby Mike S. » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:53 pm

What does it mean, not doing enough to implement Bush's policy on immigration? Like, they should have given more drug dealers full immunity in order to support prosecutions of Border Patrol agents who shoot at cars that try to run them down...? This is one long farce.
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Postby AlphaLiberal » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:01 am

Paul Krugman, as is his wont, rocks today:
Donald Shields and John Cragan, two professors of communication, have compiled a database of investigations and/or indictments of candidates and elected officials by U.S. attorneys since the Bush administration came to power. Of the 375 cases they identified, 10 involved independents, 67 involved Republicans, and 298 involved Democrats. The main source of this partisan tilt was a huge disparity in investigations of local politicians, in which Democrats were seven times as likely as Republicans to face Justice Department scrutiny.
http://select.nytimes.com/2007/03/09/opinion/09krugman.html

Wow. So now they'll run you in jail as part of their eleciton strategy. This from the moralistic Republican Party.
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Postby Marvell » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:21 pm

The ultimate proof that this scandal has legs - the Attorney General has changed his travel plans.

Hell, they didn't do that for Operation Enduring Freedom or Hurricane Katrina, but they do for 'an overblown personnel matter?'

'The Presidency of George W. Bush - All PR, all the time!'
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Postby The Tolerator » Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:57 pm

Does anyone remember how this played out when Clinton did it? Hmmm, I guess it will probably go the same way.

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract. ... %2c%20Bill
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Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:04 pm

Now, now Tolerator. You must know that it was different when Bubba fired all 90 something of the attornys (compared to Bush letting 8 go). He did it for the children, women, minorities and working people.
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Postby AlphaLiberal » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:11 pm

Seeing as how you guys are repeating the same really really dumb argument:

There is a difference between an administration canning USA's from the previous when they take power verus firing USA's because they won't engage in partisan indictments and have not been blindly loyal to the President.

If this is the best talking point the right wing can serve up, it won't be much of an argument.

It's amazing how far your blind loyalty will take you. You fail to see anything wrong with bringing indictments to help win elections. You have no scruples.
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Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:16 pm

AlphaLiberal wrote:Seeing as how you guys are repeating the same really really dumb argument:

There is a difference between an administration canning USA's from the previous when they take power verus firing USA's because they won't engage in partisan indictments and have not been blindly loyal to the President.

If this is the best talking point the right wing can serve up, it won't be much of an argument.

It's amazing how far your blind loyalty will take you. You fail to see anything wrong with bringing indictments to help win elections. You have no scruples.


Why would a new administration fire all of the attorneys from the previous administration besides that fact that they wanted ideological partisans in place?

Your "yeah but" doesn't pass the smell test.
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Postby DrAwkward » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:22 pm

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Postby AlphaLiberal » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:26 pm

Ned, that is what Administrations do to make sure that their priorities are pursued. George bush Senior did it, too. Why don't you castigvate him? (no penis?)

The real question is why in the world you are defending this politicization of law enforcment. We've got the emails and this is beyond debate.

Here's a juicy one.
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