Sunday, April 15, 2007


This is big:

From the Albuquerque Journal, April 15, 2007:

"In the spring of 2006, Domenici told Gonzales he wanted [U.S. Attorney David] Iglesias out.
"Gonzales refused. He told Domenici he would fire Iglesias only on orders from the president.
"At some point after the election last Nov. 6, Domenici called Bush's senior political adviser, Karl Rove, and told him he wanted Iglesias out and asked Rove to take his request directly to the president.
"Domenici and Bush subsequently had a telephone conversation about the issue.
"The conversation between Bush and Domenici occurred sometime after the election but before the firings of Iglesias and six other U.S. attorneys were announced on Dec. 7."

In other words, it is not just Gonzalez, and not just Karl Rove who are implicated in the politically-motivated firings of the US Attorneys, but the President himself. Did Bush know that the senor Senator from New Mexico wanted the U.S. Attorney fired for political reasons? Assuming that the President would invoke executive privilege to conceal what Rove told him, isn't it enough that a) Domenici's call was routed through Rove and b) Domenici's called Iglesias to complain that the US Attorney's office was not indicting Democrats before Election Day in a vote-fraud case that Iglesias considered too weak to prosecute, enough to show that Bush knew what was up?

Will the major media pick this up? Will Democrats have the guts to pursue the story to the Oval Office?

Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My nodding acquaintance with the legal literature on retrieving e-mails is that those pesky little pixels are almost impossible to erase; yet the Republics seems to be able to do it by mere accident. Corporate lawyers everywhere will be begging for lessons.
It is also curious that White House staffers would be using RNC e-mails to conduct company business (firing employees) on company time. The "company" I refer to, of course, is the federal government, which pays the staffers' salaries and in which we are all shareholders. Apparently the party line is, we don't have the e-mails the Democrats want because they were sent by way of the RNC server. How does one maintain both that all discussions of the firing of the 8 U S Attorneys were not "politically motivated" and that they were kept off the official White House record because they were political?
This is just one more reason why we must stay in Iraq until President Bush leaves office: these guys can't do anything right. How many Bushies does it take to change a light bulb? None, you can't trust any of them not to screw it up. (Pun intended.)