E-Mails Contradict White House
Posted on Mar 15, 2007
The White House has suggested that the idea to fire U.S. attorneys originated with former counsel Harriet Miers, but newly released e-mails show that Alberto Gonzales discussed the matter with political guru Karl Rove even before he was confirmed as attorney general. Related: Check out the Brad Blog’s excellent coverage of the voter-fraud angle of the scandal.
Newly revealed White House e-mails show President Bush’s top political adviser, Karl Rove, and then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales were involved in discussions of a shakeup of U.S. attorneys before Gonzales became attorney general.
A January 9, 2005, e-mail discussing the prospect of replacing all 93 U.S. attorneys in Bush’s second term noted that Gonzales aide Kyle Sampson discussed the matter with his boss “a couple of weeks ago.” Gonzales was facing Senate confirmation as attorney general at the time.
Sampson’s e-mail came in response to a forwarded message originally from another White House aide, Colin Newman. Newman wrote that Rove had asked “how we were going to proceed regarding U.S. attorneys, whether we were going to allow all to stay, request resignations from all and accept only some of them or selectively replace them, etc.”