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Posted on Mar 1, 2007
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Members of the House Judiciary Committee have said they will dust off that discarded tool of congressional inquiry, the subpoena. The committee is investigating the Justice Department’s allegedly partisan hiring and firing of U.S. attorneys.

Brad Blog:

Two media statements released from members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee indicate that subpoenas will soon be issued in the matter of the allegedly coerced firings of U.S. attorneys in the Department of Justice. A vote will take place [Thursday] in the subcommittee on commercial and administrative law on whether to issue the subpoenas to Justice Department officials Carol Lam, David Iglesias, H.E. Cummins III and John McKay to compel them to appear before a subcommittee hearing next week.

As well, the Brad Blog has learned the Judiciary Committee will also hold hearings next week on matters related to “election reform and irregularities.”

According to a committee staffer, “subpoenas will be issued” [Thursday] in the U.S. attorney matter. If so, it would be the first time the Democrats have exercised their newly gained subpoena power since wresting control of Congress from Republicans.

[Judiciary Committee Chairman John] Conyers expressed outrage over allegations that former U.S. attorney David C. Iglesias was fired after allegedly refusing to capitulate to political pressure from higher-ups. Iglesias has charged that he had refused “to provide information on the status of a federal investigation” under Justice Department pressure to “speed it up to help Republicans fare better in the November elections,” according to the Conyers release.

“This is the most egregious allegation so far that the administration has allowed partisan politics to corrupt the selection and retention of U.S. attorneys,” said Conyers. “Worse, it appears to be part of a pattern of partisan activity in this area and should be unacceptable to anyone concerned about a fair and efficient criminal justice system.”

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By Jim Goodson, March 2, 2007 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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There is no justice system. Bush erased it with the so-called Patriot Act. Whoever is in the White House dictates the rule of law, and nine black robes codefy it.

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By 7man, March 1, 2007 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment
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Even Truthdig won’t cover this story, but the Wonkette informed the rest of DC. Wake up America- we’ve been taken!

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By Art, March 1, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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I really thought that maybe just maybe, this was the launch of impeachment.

I was reminiscing while reading a piece by Lewis Lapham - The Case for Impeachment. It was replete with due diligence and documentation of just cause and evidence gathered by Rep. John Conyers. the article was penned just before the 2006 election. The expectation - Conyers was waiting to take the chair on the Judiciary Committee; then the subpoenas would be pumping out; and an investigation would commmence; and given Conyer’s thorough work, investigations would be propelled.

Lapham ends his piece thus: “Before reading the report [Conyer’s report], I wouldn’t have expected to find myself thinking that such a course of action [impeachment] was either likely or possible; after reading the report, I don’t know whay we would run the risk of not impeaching the man. We have before us in the White House a thief who steals the country’s good name and reputation for his private interest and personal use; a liar who seeks to instill in the American people a state of fear; a televangelist who engages in the United States in a never-ending crusade against all the world’s evil, a wastrel who squanders a vast sum of the nation’s wealth on what turns out to be a recruiting drive certain to multiply the host of our enemies. In a word a criminal…”

Congressman Conyers now thinks it imprudent to move forward on justice. It will take a grass-roots movement to make Rep. Conyers find his inner strength and moral compass to make impeachment the justice demanded if we are ever to take this democracy back.

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By David, March 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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Dateline Washington D.C.
The Supreme court today in a 5 to 4 ruling quashed the subpoena issued by congress for material relevant to the firing of 8 U.S. Attornys.  In the majority ruling, Chief Justice Roberts said ‘The Unitary Executive has the absolute power to appoint ANY federal official and terminate ANY federal official in his role as C-in-C.”  He went on “The Unitary Executive may at any time and for any reason appoint replacements for U.S. Attorneys as well as members of Congress.”  John Conyers was spotted carrying boxes out to his car.

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By trantieungoc, March 1, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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Department of Justice under Gonzales will surely becomes Department of UNJUSTICE ! A big big farce because Gonzales himself is also a clown.

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By Quy Tran, March 1, 2007 at 11:39 am Link to this comment
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Big circus on earth ! Subpoenas for what ? Animals just need to go to slaughterhouse. No choice !

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By mite, March 1, 2007 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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Blah!Blah!Blah! Congress is a joke!

We keep voting in the same people to represent us. Then we wonder why government keeps getting bigger and controling our lives from thought to our children.

Subpoenas? Yes; lets have the foxes clean the chicken coops.

We are ignorant and love our denial of the facts. If Congress understood they work for us instead of the International Bankers and Corporations maybe this country would not be bankrupt and in debt beyond recovery. It always has been about money-power-control and always will be.

I direct anyone who wants to know the truth about this treason-war against this U.S. and its people go to the following WEB sites.

Congress gave away our currency-money to a group of private individuals, as Thomas Jefferson said.

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

Everything starts with money! Wake-up America.

If Congress wants to start an investigation let them look at September 11, 2001 and WTC and bldg. #7. 911 was an inside job-FACT not BS.

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By puddin tain, March 1, 2007 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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one subpoena, guys. for election theft, killing jfk, mlk, lennon, starting the world wars, undercuting all the singing and freedom, infiltrating thoughts and that sloppy inside job, 911. oh yeah, then all this mid east crap, and all the other secret genocides on the small, black and brown.
give the subpoena to the bush family, barbara bush’s dad, alestair crowley, and all their pliant little cowardly accomplices.
get them the fuck out of my life.

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By Steve Hammons, March 1, 2007 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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The House Judiciary Committee and other congressional committees now led by Democrats are treading carefully, and this is reasonable.

But, as they get their footing, they should not shy away from proceeding in an assertive and responsible manner.

Appropriate and aggressive investigations about many activities of the Bush-Cheney administration are obviously required.

For more on this, the two articles referenced below may be helpful:

“An urgent task for the new Congress: Conduct necessary inquiries and investigations properly”

By Steve Hammons
Populist Party of America
October 22, 2006

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“A serious Congressional inquiry on Iraq is necessary”

By Steve Hammons
Populist Party of America
December 24, 2006

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By Christopher Robin, March 1, 2007 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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This story hasn’t gotten the coverage it’s due, I only came across it in my local paper’s editorial section. But the firing of these attorneys is highly suspicious. Carol Lam was involved in the Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham prosecution, and was apparently pursuing leads from that case, when she was dismissed.

Some story links below:

“Democrats, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, have objected to a provision slipped into the USA Patriot Act last year allowing U.S. attorney replacements to be appointed and serve indefinitely without Senate approval. Democrats are preparing legislation to overturn the new presidential power.” -  Joe Cantlupe
February 7, 2007 Link

The Firing of Carol C. Lam
February 19, 2007 -Hartford Courant

“A decision by Justice Department officials to fire federal prosecutor Carol C. Lam in San Diego for unspecified performance-related reasons is getting curiouser and curiouser.”

Carol Lam Leaves Indictments in the Wake of Her Departure- Feb 16, 2007
Amita Sharma

“Former CIA executive director Kyle Dusty Foggo and defense contractor Brent Wilkes were charged this week with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in the largest corruption case in congressional history. Foggo is accused of using his post at the agency to steer contracts to his longtime friend Wilkes in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, meals and trips including a $60,000 trip to a Scottish castle. The indictments are a last hurrah of sorts for San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam. She served her last day this week. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.”

There is such corruption floating around the Bush administration and Republicans, You just don’t know where to begin.

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By Bert, March 1, 2007 at 6:43 am Link to this comment
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Get em! Get em! Go Congress!

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