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    E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    By Carrie Johnson
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, July 31, 2009

    Political adviser Karl Rove and other high-ranking figures in the Bush White House played a greater role than previously understood in the firing of federal prosecutors almost three years ago, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, in a scandal that led to mass Justice Department resignations and an ongoing criminal probe.

    The e-mails and new interviews with key participants reflect contacts among Rove, aides in the Bush political affairs office and White House lawyers about the dismissal of three of the nine U.S. attorneys fired in 2006: New Mexico's David C. Iglesias, the focus of ire from GOP lawmakers; Missouri's Todd Graves, who had clashed with one of Rove's former clients; and Arkansas's Bud Cummins, who was pushed out to make way for a Rove protégé.

    The documents and interviews provide new information about efforts by political aides in the Bush White House, for example, to push a former colleague as a favored candidate for one of the U.S. attorney posts. They also reflect the intensity of efforts by lawmakers and party officials in New Mexico to unseat the top prosecutor there. Rove described himself as merely passing along complaints by senators and state party officials to White House lawyers.

    The e-mails emerged as Rove finished his second day of closed-door-testimony Thursday about the firings to the House Judiciary Committee. For years, Rove and former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers had rejected efforts by lawmakers to obtain their testimony and their correspondence about the issue, citing executive privilege. The House sued, igniting a court fight that was resolved this year after discussions among lawyers for former president George W. Bush and President Obama.
    File this under no WMD's or 'we knew it all along'. I mean who is really surprised by this. Of course Rove had a hand in the firings. It was shameful.

    I had read somewhere that the 'replacement' attorneys came from Bob Jones university and other 'acceptable' law schools.

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    I want it all ON the record, so he can't keep lyin' about it !

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings



    File this under no WMD's or 'we knew it all along'. I mean who is really surprised by this. Of course Rove had a hand in the firings. It was shameful.

    I had read somewhere that the 'replacement' attorneys came from Bob Jones university and other 'acceptable' law schools.
    First Off hazel we did find WMDS this I know for a fact since I was one of the folks who were looking for them prior to the invasion and second guess what the White House can firer and hire fed. Prosc. this has been the norm for a very long time but if you want to have this Witch Hunt great lets bring in Mr. Clinton and discuss all the firings he did of Fed Prosc.

    Way to be a HyproPartisian Hack

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    First Off hazel we did find WMDS this I know for a fact since I was one of the folks who were looking for them prior to the invasion
    Wait a sec, I thought we didn't find any WMDs in Iraq.

    Is there documentation about this? I'd love to read it. Not saying you're wrong, only that I haven't heard about any WMDs being found.

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    First Off hazel we did find WMDS this I know for a fact since I was one of the folks who were looking for them prior to the invasion and second guess what the White House can firer and hire fed. Prosc. this has been the norm for a very long time but if you want to have this Witch Hunt great lets bring in Mr. Clinton and discuss all the firings he did of Fed Prosc.

    Way to be a HyproPartisian Hack

    You have wide discretion to dismiss them, but you can't dismiss them b/c they won't politicize the justice dept. What Mr. Bush did was unprecedented. Sure, Pres' have replaced all at the beginning of the term, but what the Bush WH did, no that never happened before.

    Besides, if there's no fire in the smoke, who cares? Let it come out.

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    You have wide discretion to dismiss them, but you can't dismiss them b/c they won't politicize the justice dept. What Mr. Bush did was unprecedented. Sure, Pres' have replaced all at the beginning of the term, but what the Bush WH did, no that never happened before.

    Besides, if there's no fire in the smoke, who cares? Let it come out.
    Actually yes it has happen before under Mr. Clinton he replace many Fed Pros half way thru a mid term.

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    First Off hazel we did find WMDS this I know for a fact since I was one of the folks who were looking for them prior to the invasion
    Dude, if you knew where they were all along, why didn't you tell the U.S. Military?? Because they could have used your help. Since they DIDN'T FIND SQUAT.


    and second guess what the White House can firer and hire fed. Prosc. this has been the norm for a very long time but if you want to have this Witch Hunt great lets bring in Mr. Clinton and discuss all the firings he did of Fed Prosc.
    Way to completely ignore the issue. Why were they fired? Who ordered the firing?

    And, sans links to credible sources, I guess we're just supposed to take your word for it.

    Note Scorpion from Scorpion:

    Way to be a HyproPartisian Hack

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    Wait a sec, I thought we didn't find any WMDs in Iraq.

    Is there documentation about this? I'd love to read it. Not saying you're wrong, only that I haven't heard about any WMDs being found.
    Yes all over the internet and the UN Weapons Inspection Teams reports, but first I have to ask once again folks define what a WMD is and what we(UN Inspection Teams) were looking for.

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings



    File this under no WMD's or 'we knew it all along'. I mean who is really surprised by this. Of course Rove had a hand in the firings. It was shameful.

    I had read somewhere that the 'replacement' attorneys came from Bob Jones university and other 'acceptable' law schools.

    The White House had a huge role in hirin'em, so it makes sense they had a huge role in firin'em.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: E-Mails Show Larger White House Role in Prosecutor Firings

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    You have wide discretion to dismiss them, but you can't dismiss them b/c they won't politicize the justice dept.
    What federal statute precludes this? Title what? Chapter what? section what?

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