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Uncle Duke
04-10-2007, 04:32 PM
Just when you thought news about the attorneys general was fading out:

A half-dozen sitting U.S. attorneys also serve as aides to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales or are assigned other Washington postings, performing tasks that take them away from regular duties in their districts for months or even years at a time, according to officials and department records.
Acting Associate Attorney General William W. Mercer, for example, has been effectively absent from his job as U.S. attorney in Montana for nearly two years -- prompting the chief federal judge in Billings to demand his removal and call Mercer's office "a mess."

Didn't get removed during the recent purge, of course, which just goes to show that it's always good to have the boss as a friend. Or maybe it shows that 'performance issues' are actually unrelated to actually doing your job.
Above is from Washington Post:
http://tinyurl.com/2ya6kd

Phillip Allen
04-10-2007, 04:39 PM
good point

Nicholas Carey
04-10-2007, 07:09 PM
...especially in the context of the David Iglesia firing.... which on at least one document from the DOJ was justified because he was 'away from the office too much'.....

...where was he? Serving in the Naval Reserves!And it is, of course, a federal crime to fire somone due to absence for active duty service in the National Guard or the Reserves (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode38/usc_sec_38_00004311----000-.html).

Phillip Allen
04-10-2007, 08:25 PM
I personally hope this really hits the fan!!!

John of Phoenix
04-10-2007, 08:54 PM
But wait there's more. More attorneys that is.

We know about the US Attorneys who were purged, i.e., the ones who didn't get the message and resign and got the call on December 7th telling them to pack their bags.

But there were others.

These are cases in which sitting US Attorneys resigned under questionable circumstances in late 2005 or early 2006 and then were replaced by young DOJ staffers who Attorney General Gonzales appointed using the Patriot Act provision. The names of at least some of these resigned USA were showing up on a list of potential firees at Main Justice. And there's also at least some overlap with the states from which GOP officials were sending complaints about 'voter fraud' to Karl Rove.

Rove, of course, wanted results. And it's no accident that almost all of the states in question were key swing states.

The details are murky. And we're still looking in to several of these cases. But it looks more and more like the 8 Attorney Purge was just a new chapter in a longer running story -- and the hold the White House political office had over the Justice Department through President Bush's footman Alberto Gonzales is and was at the center of every part of the story.