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Barack Obama Will Not Come Riding to the Rescue of John Edwards

The other day Mickey Kaus wondered if the president would help get John Edwards off the hook by firing the U.S. Attorney who his investigating the former presidential candidate (as well as former Democratic governor of North Carolina Mike Easley).

I predicted “no,” applying my new obsession with Saul Alinsky’s methods of power politics; I concluded, “Rescuing Edwards would not enhance or expand Obama’s power, and could in fact impede or limit his power, if the public began to conclude that Obama was helping cover up criminal behavior on the part of Edwards.”

Now Mickey calls my attention to this story:

Sen. Kay Hagan said today that the U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, George Holding, should stay on the job as top federal prosecutor until investigations of former Sen. John Edwards and former Gov. Mike Easley are completed.

Hagan said she has consulted with the White House on the process for replacing Holding — the decision on a replacement is ultimately up to President Barack Obama – and said it will go much slower.

“I don’t feel it’s in North Carolina’s best interest to replace someone who is investigating these two very high profile people,” said Hagan, a Democrat who plays a key role in the process because any replacement requires Senate confirmation. “I just think that with investigations going on, he ought to have the opportunity to complete the investigations.”

Also note that “one member of the three-person screening panel that Hagan established to winnow candidates for the top prosecutors’ positions” has resigned; that individual’s vehicle was spotted at Easley’s home yesterday.


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