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More scandal envelops the Bush White House.

In case you’ve missed it, Bush and the White House are in more heaps of trouble down there. This involves a mass firing of US District Attorneys for purely political and partisan reasons. It wasn’t even they were Democrats – most were Republicans – its because they weren’t being partisan enough in investigating Democrats or were investigating Republicans instead:

The United States attorney purge appears to have been prompted by an array of improper political motives. Carol Lam, the San Diego attorney, seems to have been fired to stop her from continuing an investigation that put Republican officials and campaign contributors at risk. These charges, like the accusation that Mr. McKay and other United States attorneys were insufficiently aggressive about voter fraud, are a way of saying, without actually saying, that they would not use their offices to help Republicans win elections. It does not justify their firing; it makes their firing a graver offense.

There is more: It appears both Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales and top presidential adviser Karl Rove were personally involved:

New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House adviser Karl Rove in early January 2005, indicating Rove was more involved in the plan than previously acknowledged by the White House. The e-mails also show Attorney General Alberto Gonzales discussed the idea of firing the attorneys en masse while he was still White House counsel — weeks before he was confirmed as attorney general. The e-mails directly contradict White House assertions that the notion originated with recently departed White House counsel Harriet Miers and was her idea alone.

That’s not all.. it appears Gonzales personally stopped a Justice Department probe to prevent them from investigating him, and it suspiciously appears he got Bush to help shut the investigation down:

Shortly before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President Bush last year on whether to shut down a Justice Department inquiry regarding the administration’s warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, Gonzales learned that his own conduct would likely be a focus of the investigation, according to government records and interviews. Bush personally intervened to sideline the Justice Department probe in April 2006 by taking the unusual step of denying investigators the security clearances necessary for their work…Current and former Justice Department officials, as well as experts in legal ethics, question the propriety of Gonzales’s continuing to advise Bush about the investigation after learning that it might examine his own actions. The attorney general, they say, was remiss if he did not disclose that information to the president. But if Gonzales did inform Bush about the possibility and the president responded by stymieing the probe, that would raise even more-serious questions as to whether Bush acted to protect Gonzales, they said.

Keep in mind… if the Democrats don’t win the Congress in 2006, all of this would have been swept under the carpet. But now, many people are predicting the Attorney-General may be forced to resign and if not, there is talk of impeachment (he of the “we cant clear Maher Arar even though we can’t really say why”). Karl Rove is reportedly going to be subpoenaed to appear before an investigate committee of Congress.. and lots of other people are being asked to testify.

I must say.. it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys 🙄


2 comments to More scandal envelops the Bush White House.

  • Bailey

    I had to chuckle that Harriet Miers was involved in this, reminds me of why she was such a great Supreme Court Justice nominee….

  • It would be such sweet justice if Alberto was brought down by his own actions in the administration’s warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, Gonzales learned that his own conduct would likely be a focus of the investigation.

    Revenge is so sweet . . . .

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