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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Scope of US Attorney firings still expanding

McClatchy (nee Knight-Ridder) keeps up the in-depth coverage of the US Attorney scandal-- isn't actual investigative reporting great?-- and finds that the list of attorneys sacked for their 'disturbing lack of faith,' to paraphrase Darth Vader, may have risen to ten.

A U.S. attorney in Minnesota, who disagreed with the Justice Department on a case involving voting rolls, was asked to resign early last year.

That little tidbit comes near the very end of the article, but it could be a lot more explosive than it appears. Josh Marshall provides the blow-by-blow. For convenience, I'm going to rewrite the above sentence including more pertinent details:

The sole U.S. attorney in Minnesota, who was placed on the DOJ firing list shortly before leaving the post and had disagreed with the DOJ on a case involving purging the battleground state's voting rolls, was asked to resign early last year. His replacement, Rachel Paulose, an evangelical Christian with limited experience, made headlines for an elaborate "coronation" ceremony including a color guard, choir, and list of "potential problematic reporters" to be closely watched.

For even more fun, you can enjoy her Wikipedia entry. It's a shining example of the sentiment "Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water." Three or four sentences of high-powered resume material is followed by paragraphs of misdeeds, controversy, unscrupulous careerism, and unmitigated hubris. While it's always sad to see an otherwise-noble soul laid low through a moment's weakness, there's something awfully gratifying to see it work the other way 'round.

One other bit from the McClatchy article, for those stupid enough to stand with BushCo on this one:

That brings to nine the number of battleground election states where the Bush administration set out to replace some of the nation's top prosecutors. In at least seven states, it now appears, U.S. attorneys were fired or considered for firing as Republicans in those states urged investigations or prosecutions of alleged Democratic voter fraud.