Posted by: Jim | March 21, 2007

Today’s Puzzle

After the White House has  brazenly broken laws, the Democrats suddenly grow a spine and authorized subpoenas for Karl Rove and others over with the recent firings of attorneys, where no laws were broken.

Granted, I wasn’t wild about the firings, but why were there no subpoenas for Rove with the Plame scandal? The Spying scandal? The torture scandal? The WMD / Al Qaeda scandal? The drunken face-shooting scandal?

So it’s okay to break the law, as long as lawyers don’t get pissed off.

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  1. If that’s what it took, then one can only imagine the stir had they taken White House Counsel Harriet Miers’ advice to replace all 93 of them in 2004!

  2. Jian, you miss the point. Firing all 93 would not have caused controversy, it has been done before. What has made this an issue is firing attorneys mid-term, attorneys who were told the firings were due to performance-related issues, and some of whom were involved in investigations into GOP corruption (or, in the WH view, failing to prosecute Dems hard enough in an election year). One of the choicest documents is an email asking for USA Carol Lam to be investigated for not prosecuting Border Patrol cases hard enough. It is signed by Duke Cunningham and Kyle Foggo, two now disgraced WH operatives, who Lam was investigating.

    I take Jim’s point, though, and if you read the emails, there’s one lawyer, Margaret Chiara, who constantly emails the DOJ to request they find her a new job, and never ever brings up any principled argument against her firing, agreeing to keep shut if she gets her candy bar of a new job, and to shout from the rooftops if she doesn’t. The communications certainly show her in a very poor light.

  3. I have not been following this story very closely, exactly what laws were broken here? Excuse my ignorance, but I thought axing U.S. Attorneys was fairly routine. Even if it was political, doesn’t the President have the authority to fire any U.S. Attorney
    under 28 U.S.C.?

    (a) The President shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a United States attorney for each judicial district.
    (b) Each United States attorney shall be appointed for a term of four years. On the expiration of his term, a United States attorney shall continue to perform the duties of his office until his successor is appointed and qualifies.
    (c) Each United States attorney is subject to removal by the President.

    -Tommy

  4. Oh never mind, I misread your post, my bad 😉


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