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March 30, 2007

Fired U.S. attorneys

Charles Krauthammer misses the point regarding Alberto Gonzales (3/25, “Gonzales’ crime? Turning simple act into scandal”).
If a U.S. attorney was fired because he was not investigating a Democratic candidate before an election, then that was a “political” decision of a sort different from whether to allocate prosecutorial resources more to one type of crime than to another.
The issue with the fired attorneys isn’t what type of crime they were pursuing; it was whether they were directing their efforts to benefit Republican officeholders.
The former decisions are “political” in the sense of reflecting government policy, which is legitimate; the latter are “political” in the sense of being partisan, which is not legitimate.
This issue is more a political one (in the sense of proper policy) than a legal one, so it is not sufficient just to say the U.S. attorneys “serve at the pleasure of the president.”
Mr. Krauthammer rightly hammered President Clinton for the end-of-term pardons that he handed out, even though those pardons were legal, and critics of the attorney firings are taking the same approach.
Dave Johnson
Gladstone

Comments

nosheepleallowed

Partyline politics.
It's all about money, power, watching their own backs and screwing the American public over. Partyline loyalists deserve what they get. As for firing of attorneys, good. The less scumbag lawyers we have the better off we will be.

Arminius

"Mr. Krauthammer rightly hammered President Clinton for the end-of-term pardons that he handed out, even though those pardons were legal, and critics of the attorney firings are taking the same approach."

The firings of U.S. attorneys, a common practice, is hardly in the same league as Clinton's pardons. Those pardons were so eggregious that even liberal Republican Arlen Specter, who voted against convicting Clinton after he was impeached, suggested that Clinton should have been retroactively impeached over the pardons.
http://www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/0201forgetclinton.htm

 
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