Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tip O' The Iceberg...

McClatchy Newspapers:
Presidential advisor Karl Rove and at least one other member of the White House political team were urged by the New Mexico Republican party chairman to fire the state's U.S. attorney because of dissatisfaction with his job performance including his failure to indict Democrats in a voter fraud investigation in the battleground election state.

In an interview Saturday with McClatchy Newspapers, Chairman Allen Weh said he complained in 2005 about then-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to a White House liaison who worked for Rove and asked that he be removed. Weh said he followed up with Rove personally in late 2006 during a visit to the White House.

Weh's account calls into question the Justice Department's stance that the recent decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys, including Iglesias, was made without the White House weighing in. Justice Department officials have said the White House's involvement was limited to approving a list of the U.S. attorneys after the Justice Department made the decision to fire them.
Using the nation's law enforcement agencies to exact retribution against one's political enemies is the very definition of Nixonian abuses of power. This is part of why the Democrats need to fully invesstigate Bush's domestic spying. Given this maladministration's already-revealed abuses of power, I have little doubt they were spying on political opponents.

And kudos to the McClatchy newspaper syndicate: they've been breaking many of the big stories on the US Attorney firing scandal.

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