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Published: 09/19/10

Fired Bush-Era U.S. Attorneys to Speak in Arkansas; Some in GOP Question Timing

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Fired Bush-Era U.S. Attorneys to Speak in Arkansas; Some in GOP Question Timing

Five former U.S. attorneys are gathering in Little Rock, Ark., on Monday to discuss a mutual, and curious, political past. All of them were fired by the Bush administration during 2006-07. The controversy erupted when officials of George W. Bush's White House and Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department fired nine U.S. attorneys in midterm. All of them had been appointed by the Bush administration. The unusual nature of the firings created suspicion that the government lawyers were sacked because they didn't see eye-to-eye ideologically with the White House. The reasons are myriad but include...

Published: 08/22/10

Roger Clemens and Perjury: Bully, Braggart, Victim

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Roger Clemens and Perjury: Bully, Braggart, Victim

I am a lifelong, die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox. So, naturally, I believe that former star pitcher Roger Clemens, who left the Sox and won championships with the New York Yankees, is guilty of far more heinous crimes against society than allegedly lying to Congress about steroid use. In fact, if I were drafting a bill of particulars against the former Cy Young Award winner, whose authentic No. 21 jersey still hangs in my son's closet, perjury would be far down the list, below Clemens' needless tantrum that got him ejected early in a 1990 playoff game against the Oakland A's and of course...

Published: 07/24/10

Justice Ends Bush-Era U.S. Attorney Scandal With a Whimper, Not a Prosecution

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Justice Ends Bush-Era U.S. Attorney Scandal With a Whimper, Not a Prosecution

The Justice Department's two-year investigation of Bush administration officials involved in the U.S. attorney scandal of 2006-2007 ended curiously last week amid the shouting over Shirleygate, and only the stoutest of major media outlets much noticed or marked the ignoble occasion. Surely, you remember the U.S. attorney scandal. It occurred when officials at George W. Bush's White House and Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department fired (unusually, in midterm) eight successful, Republican-appointed U.S. attorneys. The circumstances gave rise to suspicions, and later circumstantial evidence, that...

Published: 07/18/10

Don't Cry for Jay Bybee, the Torture Memo Boss Who Became a Judge

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Don't Cry for Jay Bybee, the Torture Memo Boss Who Became a Judge

Of all the patriotic zealots at the Office of Legal Counsel who helped the Bush Administration undertake its torture policies immediately following the terror attacks on America, perhaps the person least likely to deserve sympathy today is Jay S. Bybee. After signing off on fellow lawyer John Yoo's infamous torture memos in 2002, but before those dubious documents became known to the world in 2004, Bybee was promoted by President George W. Bush from the counsel's office to a judgeship with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He presides there now, enrobed and life-tenured, with only the...

Published: 07/30/09

Washington Post: Karl Rove Mischaracterized His Role in Attorney Firings

By  Ria Misra - Politics Daily
Washington Post: Karl Rove Mischaracterized His Role in Attorney Firings

When the dust settled after the Bush administration's firing of U.S. attorneys in 2006 that resulted eventually in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigning, Karl Rove painted his own role as a middleman who just passed messages along. Now, Rove is delivering testimony on the firings behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee, after a protracted legal battle over whether he would need to testify at all. And The Washington Post reports that Rove's role was greater than he previously suggested, according to emails it obtained and interviews with key participants. Says the Post:In an...

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Published: 01/1/09

Alberto Gonzales to 'Set Record Straight' in New Book

By  Jay Allbritton - Politics Daily
Alberto Gonzales to 'Set Record Straight' in New Book

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales took umbrage with the widespread public disapproval of his performance in office. "What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong," Gonzales asked, "that deserves this kind of response to my service?" He went on to say, "[I] am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror." Gonzales reserved his harshest criticism for James Comey, the man who was acting Attorney General when Gonzales,...

Published: 11/24/08

Cheney/Gonzales Prosecutor Loses It In Court

By  Tommy Christopher - Politics Daily
Cheney/Gonzales Prosecutor Loses It In Court

Chris Weber reported last week on indictments of Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that were handed down by a south Texas grand jury. I'm no legal expert, but the whole thing sounds like a bit of a reach to me, and has about the same chance of success as my attempt to ground John McCain for his sex education ad.Still, with not much to talk about these days, my Unusable Signal co-host, Caleb Howe, described for me, Saturday night, how the scene in the Texas courtroom turned surreal on Friday. Willacy County District attorney Juan Angel Guerra, he said, went...

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Published: 09/29/08

No Charges For Gonzales in Attorneys Purge

By  Jay Allbritton - Politics Daily
No Charges For Gonzales in Attorneys Purge

The Washington Post reports that Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine will not refer former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to a federal grand jury for his role in the U.S. Attorneys purge. A report, written by another official in the department, however, calls for a prosecutor to investigate the firings. According to report, current Attorney General Michael Mukasey will name a prosecutor from within the department. The controversy over the firings began in December of 2006, when eight U.S. attorneys were fired. Though firing U.S. Attorneys is the prerogative of the President,...

Published: 09/26/08

Details of Gonzales Hospital Visit Emerge

By  Jay Allbritton - Politics Daily
Details of Gonzales Hospital Visit Emerge

Things just keep getting worse for former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Murray Waas of The Atlantic has two stories out today about the details of the infamous visit Gonzales, serving as White House counsel at the time, and former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card made to the hospital room of ailing then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in March of 2004. In one of the stories, Waas reports that Gonzales' former department launched an investigation into whether notes Gonzales kept were faked in order to create, as Waas puts it, "a rationale for reauthorizing his warrantless eavesdropping...

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Published: 06/24/08

No 'Wackos' Allowed

By  Liza Porteus Viana - Politics Daily
No 'Wackos' Allowed

If you're considered a "wacko," a "wack job," or a liberal, the Justice Department in 2006 likely had no interest in you working at the agency.The Justice Department's inspector general today released a report that found that the DOJ, under President Bush, inappropriately injected politics into hiring programs. Problems were found in hiring practices during 2002 - when John Ashcroft was attorney general - and in 2006, under Alberto Gonzales. 2006 was apparently full of many more flagrant violations of the law and department policy. "We found that in 2006 the Screening Committee inappropriately...

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