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Gonzales' Smoking Gun?

Until now, the primary line of defense for Gonzales supporters is the contention that he did nothing illegal. They've long since given up refuting the charge that he doesn't exhibit the professionalism or competence necessary to be the United States Attorney General. The entire debate for them is now focused on their claim that nothing illegal was done.

A report in today's Wall Street Journal may begin to bring that into doubt.

WASHINGTON -- As midterm elections approached last November, federal investigators in Arizona faced unexpected obstacles in getting needed Justice Department approvals to advance a corruption investigation of Republican Rep. Rick Renzi, people close to the case said.
The delays, which postponed key approvals in the case until after the election, raise new questions about whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or other officials may have weighed political issues in some investigations. The Arizona U.S. attorney then overseeing the case, Paul Charlton, was told he was being fired in December, one of eight federal prosecutors dismissed in the past year. The dismissals have triggered a wave of criticism and calls from Congress for Mr. Gonzales to resign.

White House defenders will, of course, argue that this was all just an unfortunate coincidence. You may believe in coincidences. I don't.


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Comments (1)

sean nyc/aa:

This is only the beginning.

And on the note that DOJ or the AG did nothing illegal or improper I ask this (and I think Sheldon Whitehouse asked something along the same lines at the hearings):

How is it not improper to not notice that at least 3 or 4 USAs were investigating corrupt Republicans (Charlton for Renzi in AZ, Lam for Duke in CA, Bogden for Gibbons in NV, and Yang (not fired but resigned around the same time) for Lewis in CA) and not have 2nd thoughts about following through with the firings?

Again this could all be a coincidence, but they should have taken note of this if they actually cared about enforcing justice, which there is no record of them considering this and that is improper in itself.

But why do I have a sneaking suspicion they were aware of it and it was no coincidence. We're just waiting for the other shoe to drop. I give it another 2 months or so.


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