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First, the Ny Times:
“The White House was deeply involved in the decision late last year to dismiss federal prosecutors, including some who had been criticized by Republican lawmakers, administration officials said Monday.
Last October, President Bush spoke with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to pass along concerns by Republicans that some prosecutors were not aggressively addressing voter fraud, the White House said Monday. Senator Pete V. Domenici, Republican of New Mexico, was among the politicians who complained directly to the president, according to an administration official.
The president did not call for the removal of any specific United States attorneys, said Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman. She said she had ‚Äúno indication‚Äù that the president had been personally aware that a process was already under way to identify prosecutors who would be fired.
But Ms. Perino disclosed that White House officials had consulted with the Justice Department in preparing the list of United States attorneys who would be removed.
Within a few weeks of the president‚Äôs comments to the attorney general, the Justice Department forced out seven prosecutors.”
Business as usual folks, nothing to see here. Fact is that they weren’t doing their job (note this was suspected democrat voter fraud – like that never happens) – so (for those slow of mind) that means bye, bye.
“The dismissals took place after President Bush told Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales in October that he had received complaints that some prosecutors had not energetically pursued voter-fraud investigations, according to a White House spokeswoman.
Gonzales approved the idea of firing a smaller group of U.S. attorneys shortly after taking office in February 2005. The aide in charge of the dismissals — his chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson — resigned yesterday, officials said, after acknowledging that he did not tell key Justice officials about the extent of his communications with the White House, leading them to provide incomplete information to Congress.
Lawmakers requested the documents as part of an investigation into whether the firings were politically motivated. While it is unclear whether the documents, which were reviewed yesterday by The Washington Post, will answer Congress’s questions, they show that the White House and other administration officials were more closely involved in the dismissals, and at a much earlier date, than they have previously acknowledged.”
Hint: Firings CAN BE politically motivated, that’s usually what they are. Remember Bill Clinton literally cleaned house upon entering office – not a Republican soul left in the wake, and it was “for political reasons. Save me it wasn’t midterm such as this purge was, the timing isn’t the issue.
They serve at the pleasure of the President.
Again, no crime, no inpropriety, and note THEY WEREN’T DOING THEIR JOB. They serve at the pleasure of the President, and if the President is concerned (not pleased) it usually means you’re gone. Just what about this is so hard for the pinheads at the Times to understand? It doesn’t matter what benign conversations took place to get their, if the President wanted to clean house then so be it. Just because the name that keeps conservatives awake at night – Harriett Miers – was involved makes little difference.
Yet this isn’t really about the prosecutors anyway.
Perhaps the Times should come clean and admit that they, like Schumer just have “the bone” for Gonzales. The question is why? Does it have to do with the things that the DOJ is looking at that pertain to them?
Perhaps that’s the real story here.
UPDATE: No denial here, but a whole lot of rationalization here. Sorry, still no story.