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File This Under “Things That Don’t Surprise Me One Bit”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2007

And again, even though this is an AP wire story, it’s interesting that the first paper I saw this in was the UK’s Guardian:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would curb the Justice Department’s power to fire and replace federal prosecutors. Democrats had sought to give the courts a role in the appointments of U.S. attorneys, to GOP opposition.

The objection by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., to the proposal was long anticipated. So Democrats used the occasion to complain anew about the firings of at least seven prosecutors, some without cause, under a little-known part of the Patriot Act.

Democrats say Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used the law to get around the Senate confirmation process and install Republican allies.

“I believe that their intent was to bring in people from the outside to give some of their bright people an opportunity,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “That is wrong.”

And judging from this story, Feinstein is right to believe what she does:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 — A United States attorney in Arkansas who was dismissed from his job last year by the Justice Department was ousted after Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, intervened on behalf of the man who replaced him, according to Congressional aides briefed on the matter.

Ms. Miers, the aides said, phoned an aide to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales suggesting the appointment of J. Timothy Griffin, a former military and civilian prosecutor who was a political director for the Republican National Committee and a deputy to Karl Rove, the White House political adviser.

Later, the incumbent United States attorney, H. E. Cummins III, was removed without explanation and replaced on an interim basis by Mr. Griffin. Officials at the White House and Justice Department declined to comment on Ms. Miers’s role in the matter.

Paul J. McNulty, the deputy attorney general, said at a hearing last week that Mr. Cummins had done nothing wrong but was removed to make room for Mr. Griffin. It was not known at the time Mr. McNulty testified that Ms. Miers had intervened on Mr. Griffin’s behalf.

3 Responses to “File This Under “Things That Don’t Surprise Me One Bit””

  1. MEC said

    “I believe that their intent was to bring in people from the outside to give some of their bright people an opportunity,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “That is wrong.”

    This is naive, or idiotically “bipartisan”. I believe that their intent was to get rid of competent prosecutors who were doing their job too well — i.e. going after corrupt Republicans — and replace them with partisan tools.

  2. A-yep. Feinstein suffers from the classic Democratic/liberal disorder of pulling one’s punches because that’s what “Nice People” do. Republicans NEVER pull their punches.

  3. MEC said

    I don’t think Feinstein is being nice. I think she’s being in denial. Too many people still don’t want to recognize that the Busheviks have been waging a full-out deliberate assault on democracy.

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