Monday, 19 March 2007

DoJ Partisanship

The Rocky Mountain News outlines the case perfectly:

Let us stipulate that U.S. attorneys are political appointees. They are expected to implement the policy objectives of their ultimate boss, the president.

And while most attorneys expect to serve for no more than four years, they can also be replaced any time at the president's choosing - for any reason or none at all.

That said, fairness in law enforcement is jeopardized if Justice Department decisions are made for crassly partisan motives. And the way Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the White House handled the firing of eight U.S. attorneys in December sure smells like a partisan job in which the true agenda had little to do with "underperforming" officials.
RMN goes on to say

Carol Lam of Southern California. During Lam's tenure, she emphasized corruption probes, leading to the conviction of former GOP Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham on bribery charges. She also convicted two former council members in San Diego on a strip-club related bribery sting that led to convictions of three former Democratic county commissioners in Las Vegas.

The day the Cunningham investigation implicated another Southern California Republican, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis, Sampson sent an e-mail to White House Deputy Counsel William Kelley calling Lam a "real problem."

The other problem, of course, is that the USAs not fired must have been doing a partisan enough job to satisfy Rove and Co.

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