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Prosecutor probe heats up


6 ex-U.S. attorneys to testify in Congress about their firings




WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers plan to question six U.S. attorneys who were dismissed from their posts as the Democratic-led Congress holds hearings Tuesday on whether the Bush administration played politics in firing federal prosecutors.


A congressional watchdog group called Monday for a Senate ethics investigation of Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) for allegedly interfering with the work of the U.S. attorney in his state, which would be a violation of Senate rules.


The Justice Department disclosed that Domenici made four phone calls over the past two years to Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales and his deputy to complain about the U.S. attorney in New Mexico, David Iglesias.


Eight federal prosecutors were fired last year, seven of them by phone on Dec. 7. Six of the eight are being subpoenaed for the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and a House Judiciary subcommittee.


Democrats contend the prosecutors were fired for political reasons. But the Republican administration has said it has the authority to make personnel changes it deems appropriate, without congressional interference. Officials deny that politics was behind the firings.




The message has been sent to U.S. Attorney Generals...


By El Presidente Bush :)


Prosecute Republicans... And You Get Fired!!!...


A dictatorship is in the makings...


Be Warned! :)





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Emails implicate Rove in US Attorney Gen. Firings


Newly revealed emails implicate Rove in US attorney firings Josh Catone




Published: Thursday March 15, 2007


"New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House adviser Karl Rove in early January 2005," reports ABC News.


The e-mails, which indicate Rove was more deeply involved in the attorney firings than previously acknowledged, also implicate Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, says ABC News. This contradicts earlier White House statements that the idea of firing all US attorneys was then White House counsel Harriet Miers' alone.


A Salon.com article by Sidney Blumenthal today said that despite attempts to deny involvement of Karl Rove in the firing of eight US attorneys last year, "all roads lead to Rove."




It's always Karl Rove... :)





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US Lawmakers Approve Subpoenas to Investigate Attorney Firings




By VOA News


21 March 2007


President Bush appears to be headed towards a constitutional showdown with the Democratic-controlled Congress over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.


The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has voted to authorize subpoenas in an attempt to force senior White House officials to testify about their role in the controversial firings.


On Tuesday, House and Senate Democrats rejected Mr. Bush's offer to allow congressional investigators to privately interview his chief political adviser Karl Rove and former counsel Harriet Miers. Democratic leaders are calling for Rove and Miers to testify publicly, under oath, and for the record.


Critics of the firings say they were politically motivated, that senior White House officials were deeply involved, and that top Justice Department officials misled members of Congress about the reasons for the dismissals.


Mr. Bush says all federal prosecutors "serve at the pleasure of the president," and can be fired at any time.


Legal experts say it is unusual for U.S. attorneys to be fired in the middle of a president's term, instead of at the beginning.


President Bush says he is prepared to fight congressional leaders in court if they subpoena White House aides.


Some lawmakers are calling on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign over his handling of the firings. The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the attorney general's ability to appoint U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation.




White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove




The Constitutional Crisis is at hand! Bush .vs. Congress.... My money is on Congress


Is it me or does Karl Rove look more and more like Gollum of the Lord of the Rings :)





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McNulty, No. 2 Justice Department Official, to Resign (Update2)


By Robert Schmidt


May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, a prominent figure in the political furor over the firing of eight U.S. prosecutors, will resign.


As the No. 2 Justice Department official, McNulty was responsible for overseeing the 93 U.S. attorneys. Congressional Democrats are investigating whether the prosecutors were fired for improper political motives.


In a letter today to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, McNulty said he will leave ``on a date to be determined in late summer.'' He added that, ``financial realities of college-age children and two decades of public service lead me to a long overdue transition in my career.''


McNulty didn't mention the firings in his statement, though he had come under fire following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. He told the panel that the prosecutors were fired for unspecified performance problems, except for one who was dismissed to give his job to a former aide to White House political adviser Karl Rove.


His testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee angered Gonzales, according to a department e-mail released in connection with the probe.




I just love the Bush Administration!!! :) No one will be left with El Presidente Bush in 2008!





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Re: Dems seek no-confidence vote


Senate to call for "No Confidence" vote on Gonzonlas


Dems seek no-confidence vote




Friday, May 18, 2007 - FreeMarketNews.com


The White House shrugged off the no-confidence idea as merely symbolic, and President Bush continued to stand by his embattled friend. By any measure, the news was not good for Gonzales. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record) of California said they will seek a Senate vote on a nonbinding resolution expressing what senators of both parties have said for weeks: that Gonzales has become too weakened to run the Justice Department. -AssociatedPress




The heat is on~





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