Tuesday, March 06, 2007

DOJ dodge

I like what Josh Marshall had to say about the DOJ's attempt to justify the firing of the U.S. Attorneys.
And while it would be irregular to fire a US Attorney in the middle of a president's term for no evident wrongdoing, it would not in itself be improper. None of the USAs, as they're called, are irreplaceable. And they do serve at the president's pleasure.

The issue here is different. There is a clear and growing body of evidence that at least three of these firees were canned for not allowing politics to dictate their prosecution of political corruption cases. Or, to put it more bluntly, for not indicting enough Democrats or indicting too many Republicans. Which is to say they were fired for not perverting justice.

In the face of that evidence the administration has come up with a series of changing and often contradicatory alternative explanations, which range from the frivolous to the ridiculous.

The administration isn't at war with the fired attorneys or Congress. They're at war with the obvious.


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