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Hillary and the U.S. Attorneys



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Hillary, greeting me from a day attending to personal business in my e-mail box this morning:

Today I called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. Join me in calling for him to step down.

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/resignnow

Why should Gonzales resign? Because he is at the center of a widening scandal over the firing of several U.S. attorneys — firings we now know to be political.

The Wall Street Journal:

As it happens, Mrs. Clinton is just the Senator to walk point on this issue of dismissing U.S. attorneys because she has direct personal experience. In any Congressional probe of the matter, we’d suggest she call herself as the first witness–and bring along Webster Hubbell as her chief counsel.

As everyone once knew but has tried to forget, Mr. Hubbell was a former partner of Mrs. Clinton at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock who later went to jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also Bill and Hillary Clinton’s choice as Associate Attorney General in the Justice Department when Janet Reno, his nominal superior, simultaneously fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys in March 1993. Ms. Reno–or Mr. Hubbell–gave them 10 days to move out of their offices…

…Equally extraordinary were the politics at play in the firings. At the time, Jay Stephens, then U.S. Attorney in Chicago, was investigating then Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, and was “within 30 days” of making a decision on an indictment. Mr. Rostenkowski, who was shepherding the Clinton’s economic program through Congress, eventually went to jail on mail fraud charges and was later pardoned by Mr. Clinton.

If anyone can generate serious evidence that the administration sought to manipulate U.S. Attorneys to protect their friends or harass their enemies, then let’s unleash the hounds and get to the bottom of this. But the last person who should be leading the charge on this is Hillary Clinton.


Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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