Friday, February 09, 2007

The not-so-Untouchables

While so far, at least, BushCo doesn't yet have the cojones to go after the Untouchable Fitzgerald, they have begun a campaign, aided by an obscure Arlen Specter-enabled provision in the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, to replace federal prosecutors with BushCo cronies. Conanson in Salon:

Carol Lam, the U.S. attorney in San Diego who successfully prosecuted the sensationally crooked Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, was fired for no known reason while she is still pursuing important leads in that historic case. Cunningham is supposed to be cooperating, but if Bush replaces her with a partisan stooge, he may be able to keep his secrets. Bud Cummings, the respected U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., was canned to make room for a Republican opposition research operative and Karl Rove acolyte named Timothy Griffin. Could that conceivably have anything to do with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential candidacy? Paul Charlton, the U.S. attorney in Arizona, was thrown out while investigating allegations of corruption against Republican Rep. Rick Renzi.

And John McKay, the U.S. attorney in Seattle whose diligence has been praised by judges and lawyers of both parties, was simply ordered to quit last December, for no obvious reason. Although McKay's last evaluation by the Justice Department was excellent, the attorney general insists that all of these curious firings were due to "performance" issues.

I have a feeling we're going to be hearing more from that Griffin hack in the next, oh, say, year and 9 months - wanna bet?

2 comments:

Johnny Yen said...

Wait, haven't I seen this movie before? A special prosecutor ordered to back off, and refusing to? And then someone's ordered to fire him, but refuses to, and they keep firing people until they get to someone who'll fire him? What was the name of that flick... Water.. Water-something...

dad said...

It will take a long time for a new
Democractic administration to correct all the evils done by this administration. In the meantime, things will get worse before they get better.