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    Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    A federal prosecutor investigating the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration has issued a subpoena to former senator Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) and is preparing to interview key witnesses, lawyers following the case say. . . .

    The Dannehy investigation appears to be intensifying with the disclosure that she will interview former White House political affairs deputy J. Scott Jennings as early as today, lawyers involved in the case said. Jennings worked alongside Karl Rove, a top aide to President George W. Bush.

    Prosecutor to Interview Key Witnesses About U.S. Attorney Firings - washingtonpost.com
    Will Domenici plead the 5th? I can't wait to see what happens with this investigation.

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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    Will Domenici plead the 5th? I can't wait to see what happens with this investigation.
    It's about time. Politics has absolutely no place in the Justice Department. Kudos to the prosecutors who stood up to the administration. If not for them, we might have had as many as 9 Don Siegelmans.
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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    It's about time. Politics has absolutely no place in the Justice Department. Kudos to the prosecutors who stood up to the administration. If not for them, we might have had as many as 9 Don Siegelmans.
    But...but...danarhea--this is a witch hunt! Don't you know that?


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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    It's a complete waste of time IMO. The President had absolute authority to fire those attorneys, regardless of the reason.
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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    It's a complete waste of time IMO. The President had absolute authority to fire those attorneys, regardless of the reason.
    Yes, that's why Mukasey ordered the investigation.

    By the way, the only absolute authority the president has is the power to pardon.

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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Politics drives this investigation. President's can hire and fire em as they see fit. Bush's mistake was not firing ALL of them ala Clinton... which was done PURELY for political reasons, and we all know it.

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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Politics drives this investigation. President's can hire and fire em as they see fit. Bush's mistake was not firing ALL of them ala Clinton... which was done PURELY for political reasons, and we all know it.
    I agree the president can hire and hire Prosecutors. If Obama does the same thing I wonder if the resident Bush bashers will give him a pass?
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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Politics drives this investigation. President's can hire and fire em as they see fit. Bush's mistake was not firing ALL of them ala Clinton... which was done PURELY for political reasons, and we all know it.
    Sigh. You just don't get it, do you? Yes, they serve at the pleasure of the president and he can fire them for cause or no cause. HOWEVER, he cannot fire them for illegal or improper reasons.

    The Bush Administration claimed that the US Attorneys were fired due to underperformance. If that was the case, the inquiry would end there. But that appears NOT to be the case, and that improper/illegal reasons were used to fire them.
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    This is directed at anyone who says, "But the President can fire them for cause or no cause."

    At this point, I am done trying to explain things. If you want to speak intelligently about this issue, I would suggest you read the report. Otherwise, stop talking out of your butt!

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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I agree the president can hire and hire Prosecutors. If Obama does the same thing I wonder if the resident Bush bashers will give him a pass?
    I wonder if he presses investigations of republicans and tells them to back off democrats if you'll give him a pass.
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    Re: Key Witnesses to Be Interviewed in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    It's about time. Politics has absolutely no place in the Justice Department.
    You're as foolish as you are naive. Politics plays a very critical role in the DoJ and rightly so.

    First, United States Attorneys are ~gasp~ political appointees.

    Second, while the commission of crime is infinite, the resources available to investigate and prosecute those crimes are finite. Consequently, the allocation of such finite resources is a political decision. For example, Clinton made investigating and prosecuting health care fraud as one his priorities. Bush made child porn one such priority.

    For you to argue that politics should have no role in the DoJ is absolutely foolish and reveals that you really have nothing meaningful to say at all.

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