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Investigation Into Prosecutor Firings Is Dampened

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Posted on Oct 1, 2008
PROSECUTORGATE!
Washington Post / Melina Mara

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine says the Bush White House has inhibited investigation of the federal prosecutor firings.

Continuing investigation of the 2006 firings of nine federal prosecutors has uncovered new leads that directly involve White House staff and lawyers in the scandal. The unsurprising kicker is that Bush administration officials refuse to talk further about their role in the firings, and key documents have been redacted to a level “virtually worthless as an investigative tool.”


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In 18 months of searching, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine and Office of Professional Responsibility chief H. Marshall Jarrett have uncovered new e-mail messages hinting at heightened involvement of White House lawyers and political aides in the firings of nine federal prosecutors two years ago.

“We were unable to fully develop the facts regarding the removal of [David C.] Iglesias and several other U.S. Attorneys because of the refusal by certain key witnesses to be interviewed by us, as well as the White House’s decision not to provide ... internal documents to us,” the investigators concluded in their report.

The standoff is a central reason that Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey on Monday named a veteran public-corruption prosecutor, Nora R. Dannehy, to continue the investigation, directing her to give him a preliminary report on the status of the case in 60 days.

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By diamond, October 2, 2008 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

Michael Mukasey is the man who gave Larry Silverstein his $7 billion payout after the 9/11 attacks when he took his unsurance company to court because they didn’t agree that it was ‘two attacks’ so he should be paid double. I don’t think you should see any rays of light where Mukasey’s concerned. As for the ‘investigation’! It’s like something out of Soviet Russia. Dostoevsky couldn’t write this stuff but I’m sure Kafka would admire (and recognize) the complete insanity of it all. The only laws of Bushdom seem to be ‘Never steal anything small’ and ‘the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat’.

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By ApprxAm, October 1, 2008 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment

Well after the Bushes finish strong-arming the United States the 700 billion dollars to pay back their friends who didn’t get their Iraq War money and exiting corrupt co-conspirators, then the Cheney & Friends Emasse Emancipation Tour ‘09 will begin.

He’ll just hold an extended cabinet meeting and start there.

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By jobart, October 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment
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Yesterday’s “news release” that Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey was going to appoint a special prosecuter to “investigate” provided me with a little bit of a “ray of hope” feeling with a “it’s about time” and the thought that’s we’re starting to turn it “all around” sigh. Stupid me, huh? People, we NEED to take back our Gov’t., if not already way too late, if we stand a chance of survival as a country. We NEED to demand “accountability” of this situation and all the other “nefarious” situations that this wall of “there’s no information” being allowed to be scrutinized. What we really need, short of a “real” revolution, is strength at the top. Obama, are you listening? Real strength requires the resistance to the temptations that are historically/consistently used by the “people with the bucks”. How about this, Mr. Obama. We, the American people, promise to “protect you, and your family” against the nastiness of the people-of-power. I know that the concept of being placed in a “glass bubble” is not appealing but, it will give the rest of “caring” Americans a chance to “remove” the bad guys” while you attempt to really “fix things” for us.
BTW- I just listened to the opinions of a certain “Tom DeLay” re: “his thoughts” about things. I thought this asshole, from that asshole state of “Texas” was in locked up in jail.  What is going on in our judicial/penal system?  Throw his cheatin’/lying/corrupt butt in jail already.

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By hippy pam, October 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

Can every one spell “SHREDDING”...at least for the next few weeks…....At least until “The bullsh*t bunch” has left the “OVAL ORIFICE”

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By Jim Yell, October 1, 2008 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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It never works to have groups that decide to police themselves as they can never resist the opportunity to cover-up what they did. Yes, refusing to talk to legal inquiry is a “cover-up”.

When did the gangsters start deciding what was legal?Why isn’t Rove in jail, for that matter why isn’t most of the Bush/Cheney administration in jail. We are not a dictatorship and they are not the ones who decide if they should obey the law. Book ‘em and lock ‘em up.

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By pacrat, October 1, 2008 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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Expect this white house to be forthcoming or cooperative even under law? Forget it.

These are the creepiest people the country has ever seen.

The white house has to be fumigated when Bush and co leave!

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By skulz fontaine, October 1, 2008 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

Cover up and obstruction of justice by Bushco? Nah, wouldn’t be prudent. Penitentiary and war crimes tribunals are long overdue. Oh whoopsies, that would be tribunals FIRST and then penitentiary. However, it would be expedient to simply erect a ‘national guillotine’ on the Mall and start the business at hand. Would these treasonous vermin have ANY morality whatsoever, it would be ritual sepuku on the National Mall and spare the American people further disgrace. Bushco then Congress then the Wall Street swine. Yup, START THE REVOLUTION!

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