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Outraged AP: AG Okayed Attorney Firings

From an apoplectic Associated Press:

Documents show Gonzales approved firings

By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he was not involved in any discussions about the impending dismissals of U.S. attorneys.

On Friday night, however, the Justice Department revealed Gonzales’ participation in a Nov. 27 meeting where such plans were discussed.

The firings of eight prosecutors has since led to a political firestorm and calls for his ouster.

At that meeting, the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials discussed a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Gonzales’ aides said late Friday.

There, Gonzales signed off on the plan, which was drafted by his chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Sampson resigned last week.

Another Justice aide closely involved in the dismissals, White House liaison Monica Goodling, has also taken a leave of absence, two officials said.

The five-step plan approved by Gonzales involved notifying Republican home-state senators of the impending dismissals, preparing for potential political upheaval, naming replacements and submitting them to the Senate for confirmation.

Six of the eight prosecutors who were ultimately ordered to resign are named in the plan.

The department released more than 280 documents Friday night, including e-mails, calendar pages and memos to try to satisfy Congress’ demands for details on how the firings were handled — and whether they were politically motivated. There are no other meetings on the calendar pages released between that Nov. 27 and Dec. 7, when the attorneys were fired, to indicate Gonzales participated in other discussions on the matter, Justice spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said…

Nonetheless Democrats pounced late Friday.

“Clearly the attorney general was not telling the whole truth, but what is he trying to hide?” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“If the facts bear out that Attorney General Gonzales knew much more about the plan than he has previously admitted, then he can no longer serve as attorney general,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who is heading the Senate’s investigation into the firings.

Added House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers

“This puts the attorney general front and center in these matters, contrary to information that had previously been provided to the public and Congress.”

Presidential spokesman Trey Bohn referred questions to the Justice Department, saying White House officials had not seen the documents.

The developments were not what Republicans, skittish about new revelations, had hoped…

Alberto Gonzales is the head of the Department Of Justice. The scandal would be if US Attorneys were removed without his knowledge or approval.

It is simply amazing the contortions the Democrats and their stenographers in the media will go through to try to make this into a crime.

And by amazing I mean disgusting.

Our one party media are doing their level best to turn this country into a banana republic.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Outraged AP: AG Okayed Attorney Firings”

  1. mybrotherkeeper says:

    The liberal/communist/democrat/statists have more people than the FBI! Not only do they have guys like Obama leading us ‘forward’ to statism, they have other guys seeking to bring criminal charges against Rove, Bush, Cheney, and now Gonzales–all figures from the past. This is so unAmerican, unpatriotic, and unprecedented, it’s ridiculous!

    They are trying to make sure: If the Repub’s ever get any power again, they better govern as far FROM the right as possible. If they don’t, there is a jail cell waiting for them. Such a chilling message will suffice to quiet all but honest conservatives. And we all know politicians are not known for their backbone…after all, they are chosen from among their fellow Americans, and also must undergo the MSM’s crucifixion of good people. This is a strong statement, but we all as Americans are somewhat culpable for the government we receive.

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    ‘…their stenographers in the media…’ lol, Steve!

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