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January 02, 2009

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Joenorm

What do we do if a U.S. Attorney will not follow the law ( 18 USC 3332) and U.S. ATTORNEY CRIMINAL RESOURCE MANUAL 158,9, the the Judge who get assigned the Petition For Writ of Mandamus, Declaratory Judgment is so old (87 ) he can not understand the complaint and just rules for "the government" and admits he has read what he considers "pertinent parts" of the complaint.

Charlie

To Samantha in the first comment:

Bush and Co. were not in hot water for firing nine US Attorneys. He was in trouble for WHY he fired those nine US Attorneys, and what he (or Gonzo) had asked them to do in order to keep their jobs.

Maybe you should read up on the situation before posting sadly ignorant and misleading comments.

LeeB

My goodness! I came to this site via a link posted at BuzzFlash and I'm amazed at the misinformation revealed by commenters here.

First, is no one here aware that there is a difference between the political appointees and the career deputy US attorneys?! The 93 appointed U.S. Attorneys are not 'fired', but like those in other appointed positions in the gov't, they EXPECT to be replaced by the incoming new administration with individuals who are generally of the same political party as the new POTUS. (Fitzgerald was different: He was a career asst. US attorney in New York and is politically unaffiliated, NOT a Republican as many have assumed. Google for WaPo article.)

The unqualified deputy U.S. attorneys hired under the Bush regime present a serious problem, as do other unqualified hirelings in other departments of the government who have managed to 'burrow' into the system. Hopefully, with respect to Civil Service laws, they can be legally 'encouraged' to resign so they can be replaced by qualified individuals with appropriate experience and ethics records.

I'm sure the incoming administration is aware of what needs to be done and will take appropriate - and legal - action to accomplish it. President-elect Obama knows what he is doing and will not need anyone to explain the U.S. Constitution to him.

Thank goodness.

I would encourage many here to take a deep breath and do some research into the traditional workings of the Justice Department. So many people now have no idea how it was designed to work (and DID work) because the Bush regime has totally shredded the Constitution and poisoned nearly everything they have touched, especially the Office of the Attorney General. My memory from actively observing the workings of the U.S. attorneys in this country goes back to the Nixon administration. So many people now seem to think the last 16 years is the entirety of the historical traditions. T'ain't so.

Mark

Am I missing something? Didn't Bush/Rove bring in a whole new set of U.S. Attorneys in 2001? Just like Clinton and pretty much every other administration in the past?

The reason for the trouble with the 9 was because it seemed clear that they were asked to prosecute on the basis of politics and were fired when they refused?

Keeping in many of the attorneys that played by the "political prosecution is OK by us" rules of the Bush administration could wreck havoc in an Obama administration.

I do think Obama needs to focus a little more on cleaning house and less on constantly trying keep the opposition satiated. Sometimes something is just wrong and you have to fix it.

We get it, Obama is a bring 'em together kind of guy. But if you have bad apples, you gotta throw them out -- plain and simple.

Paul

It is amazing to me how little people know history. Both Bush and Clinton let most of the AGs go at the beginning of their terms because these were political appointees. "Let Go" not "Fired" because it has been tradition that AGs all tender their resignations in a change of administration (elections have their consequences). Unfortunately Delay and Gingrich convinced everyone that the GOP era would last a 1000 years, so Bush appointees thought they earned or are entitled to their positions. Bush and Nixon are the only administrations that publicly fired more AGs midterm because they were not following their political will.

Samantha

Wait...Bush got in trouble for firing NINE when Clinton fired NINETY-TWO???

Why didn't Democrats and Liberals applaud Bush for keeping TEN TIMES as many appointees as did Clitnon?

madisonhack

I agree with those that contend that Monica Goodlings appointments need to be pushed out of the DOJ and replaced. She wasn't qualified to have the position she held, so her appointments are at best questionable.

susan bisceglia

what about bill clinton did not he do the same as w bush but more was to go unreal we still give this cad cheater serial rapist sex addict and tratior to this country pimping all around the world with his zipper down and his hand out pimping for money with a few women to boot bashing american and w bush what a real guy he is the bent one and forget the fat slob his wife only on paper hillary clinton

Liam Danhof

Any of them hired by Bush should be fired and any fired by Bush should be brought back. Then hire the rest new. We have enough lawyers in the country that another 90 or so won't be missed.

James Harrison

The attornies should support the Constitution and be loyal to the United States, not to George Bush.

Corey Mondello

They should be fired at the beginning of the new presidents term, that is what is the "norm".

The reason why Bush was "caught" was he didnt do that.

Wendy

I would bring back those who were fired by Bush for political reasons and get rid of those presently holding down their jobs. If they were not completely partisan, they would have been fired long ago.

CurtJ

Treasoin is Treason! These Neo Con Parasites have fired all the non partisan lawyers, prosecutors, and judges and replaced all by imbedding Neo Con lawyers, judges and prosecutors.. All with the intent of Gutting, Usurping an dCrapping on the United States Constitution.
Treason is Treason.. To let them stay in place is aiding and abetting Treason!!

MetryJen

I think they need to consider keeping Jim Letten, that's done so much for us here in N.O. Yes, there are some political aspects that are unsavory, but we, at least, got a good one.

susan bisceglia

why are rules for every except the bonnie and clyed of politicas the clintons they got away with every thing and you whores in the press know it and you let it happen you creeps

Dredd

The nine who were fired are worth re-hiring, and those who fired them are worth firing first.
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Alex

For sure fire the coward in Boston

k Hurt

Johnny Sutton should be FIRST to go!!!! He and Bush(long time pals) are holding Ramos,Compean in jail for shooting a known drug lord.Just two more border patrol agents trying to do their job.Wasting away because of the games this Pres plays w/ people's lives.

Iffymens

I am so sick of that sob Fitzgerald.The man thinks that he knows it all.What exactly did Blagojevich do?Blagojevich is nothing but a loud mouth who wants to hear himself talk.Can somebody tell me the difference between what he was trying to do and what the democrats are trying to do as regards to HRC seat in Newyork?They want Kennedy because she is close to Obama and will help them raise all kinds of money legal and illegal.I am so tired of these politicians dumping on people who dont have Caroline Kennedys's background.I dont see all these outrage when the Bush administration lost 9billion dollars cash in Iraq.Thank God that in America people are inocent until proven guilty.

CurtJ

Treason is Treason! These Neo Con Parasites have fired all the non partisan lawyers, prosecutors, and judges and replaced all by imbedding Neo Con lawyers, judges and prosecutors.. All with the intent of Gutting, Usurping and Crapping on the United States Constitution.
Treason is Treason.. To let them stay in place is aiding and abetting Treason!!

Iffymens

I am so sick of that sob Fitzgerald.The man thinks that he knows it all.What exactly did Blagojevich do?Blagojevich is nothing but a loud mouth who wants to hear himself talk.Can somebody tell me the difference between what he was trying to do and what the democrats are trying to do as regards to HRC seat in Newyork?They want Kennedy because she is close to Obama and will help them raise all kinds of money legal and illegal.I am so tired of these politicians dumping on people who dont have Caroline Kennedys's background.I dont see all these outrage when the Bush administration lost 9billion dollars cash in Iraq.Thank God that in America people are inocent until proven guilty.

afgail

All 92 US attorneys should be invited to leave. Only 10% were not willing to bring politically motivated litigation at the behest of Rove. There were the 9 that were fired - all of them Republicans. As a rule of thumb you could deduce that only one in ten Republicans is ethical.

morgan

Barack has betrayed us and is keeping corrupt Bush attorneys that were appointed to erase justice not preserve it. Clinton's appointments were all in the start of his term and not designed for a quid pro quo. Obama is serving he same masters as Bush.

John

I think he should fire nearly all of them. Think about it, Bush fired nine prosecutors because they wouldn't play ball. That means the rest all went along with their plans to slant prosecutions. Throw the bums out.

Malby

Since when is this a political dilemma? Presidents have always appointed their own U.S Attorneys.

schatsie

not Fitzgerald, he will be running for Obama's seat the next time around...And this will give the appearance of approval...Basically he was useless in the Plame situation..

schatsie

not Fitzgerald, he will be running for Obama's seat the next time around...And this will give the appearance of approval...Basically he was useless in the Plame situation..

The Oracle

So, what happened in 2001?

Karen

While it is essential to tread carefully so as not to further demoralize the DoJ, it is also necessary to clean out the Augean stables by rerouting a river through the Constitution. The 93 lead U S Attorneys need to have their cases reviewed, sure, but Obama needs to fire all the lawyers brought in from Regent University by Monica Goodling and depoliticize the entire Department.

Joe

I think a selective case by case method is fraught with more peril than a blanket removal of all US attorneys appointed by Bush. The Blagovich situation is the fly in the inkwell in that this US Attorney is prosecuting a Democratic governor and, potentially, the chief of staff. Political suicide to fire the guy. One exception and one exception only? That's the way I'd go if I were Obama.

Nancy V.

Patrick Fitzgerald's handling of the Blagojevich fiasco is a huge disappointment.
He could have saved President-elect Obama and the people of the State of Illinois a lot of grief if he could have allowed the grand jury investigation of Blagojevich to proceed 30 days after he made the arrest instead of asking for the 90 day extension.
Fitz might be a straight-shooter, but, he blew this one big time.
As a resident of Illinois he and the Governor have turned this state into chaos.
We are so proud of our incoming president, but the mess created by the arrogant Governor and his surrogate, Burris, has smeared mud over the entire state.

SEEDYRUM

I would get rid of all them Monica Goodling hired then move on down the line of competence> test whether they will invesrtigate whomever regardless of party affiliation and prosecute>

They should also go after BUSH AND CHENEY as this country cant heal or have confidence in the leadership or foreign investors wont invest in America if they know we let openly political and economical thugs run free>

we have to do this so other REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS thugs wont try and succeed where BUSH AND cheney failed>

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