March 6, 2007

U.S. Attorney Purge

I’m playing catch up on this story. If you are, too, Brian Igo has a good post on EAForums here bringing you up to speed on events in this developing news story.

The very quick summary is that a bunch of U. S. Attorneys (prosecutors for the government) were asked for their resignations by the Bush administration. The administration justification behind these resignations was that they were being requested for performance reasons, (even though some of the dismissed had a history of winning high profile cases). Now people have testified that the reasons were political. Some of the cases under investigation were, of course, Republican scandals.

Additionally, Bush was able to do this apparently political purge via some changes put in place by the Patriot Act.

As I said, I’m still playing catch up on this story. But, as I pointed out to Maggie last night, even though we’ve been getting screwed for 6 plus years, it’s amazing how the Bush administration keeps coming up with creative new ways to screw over the country. It’s like he’s got a Kama Sutra of political sleaze.

If anyone has enlightening links or information about this story, feel free to add them to the comments.

Posted by James at March 6, 2007 2:50 PM
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I read about it on CNN earlier today

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/06/dismissed.prosecutors.ap/index.html

but it could have been easy to miss because "Libby found guilty" has been the top story most of the day.

Posted by: Julie at March 6, 2007 4:40 PM

Someone on EAForums called this a "slow news week."

Posted by: James at March 6, 2007 5:57 PM

At the moment, the Bush administration appears to be backpedalling somewhat. Right now it's the top story on CNN, and although this topic really isn't funny, there's just something about the irony that made me laugh:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/09/congress.prosecutors.ap/index.html

Posted by: Julie at March 9, 2007 3:06 PM

More developments: The infamous Harriet Miers originally suggested firing all 93 US attorneys in 2005.

Gonzales's chief of staff is resigning, but of course, the important thing that the White House wants us to know is that Bush and Cheney had nothing to do with any of this, nope. And Rove is in the hot seat again.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/13/congress.prosecutors.ap/index.html

Posted by: Julie at March 13, 2007 12:02 PM

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