UPDATED: When eight is more than 93
UPDATES AT THE BOTTOM.
More Democrat fuzzy math. Compare this...:
Congressional Democrats on Monday singled out presidential adviser Karl Rove for questioning about the firings of eight federal prosecutors and whether the dismissals were politically motivated.
So there's a sense of irony as congressional hearings open on whether the Bush administration has politicized appointments of U.S. attorneys. After all, it was Bill Clinton's attorney general, Janet Reno, who fired all 93 U.S. attorneys after her appointment in March 1993, something no administration has done before or since.
Reno stated that the unprecedented action was a "joint decision" with the White House, and no doubt it was. The Justice Department liaison with the White House at the time was associate attorney general Webster Hubbell. He would later plead guilty to a felony count of concealing his legal work on a failed Arkansas land deal and one misdemeanor count of tax invasion as part of a plea deal with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.
(Whitewater history and connections here...)
On Aug. 16, 1993, Paula Casey, an active Democrat and a law student of Bill Clinton's, took over from her Republican predecessor. Her job was to run interference and thwart any criminal referrals related to Whitewater and the Rose Law Firm.
In addition to quashing a criminal referral of Madison from the Resolution Trust Corp., she also was tasked to prevent Judge David Hale, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud, from testifying against the Clintons. She rejected Hale's effort at a plea bargain. He had offered to share information on the "banking and borrowing practices of some individuals in the elite political circles of the state of Arkansas." Guess who?
Last Thursday, House Democrats issued their first subpoenas to a number of U.S. attorneys, among them David Iglesias of New Mexico. He believes, and Democrats concur, that he was dismissed because he resisted pressure by two congressmen to rush indictments in an alleged Democratic kickback scheme involving construction contracts and a prominent Democratic former state senator.
But Democrats had no problem in rushing things when it came to U.S. Attorney and now special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's mindless and unwarranted pursuit of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, Scooter Libby. They had hoped Fitzgerald would bring down Cheney, Karl Rove and even President Bush himself.
So Democrats endorse "political" moves by U.S. attorneys when it suits their purpose just as they supported the politically motivated dismissal of all 93 U.S. attorneys by Janet Reno — a move intended to protect her boss from political, and criminal, repercussions from his and his wife's past wheelings and dealings.
In other words, letting go of eight prosecutors stinks to high heaven, but letting go of 93 in order to run obvious interference for the supremely corrupt Clintons was A-OK. Got it. Thanks for the clarification.
UPDATE (3/14/07 - 11:16 A.M. EST): Thanks to Kira for passing this along from Opinion Journal. Please read it, as it is both short AND relevant to this post. Teaser: Her Highness, being thoroughly familiar with mass firings of US Attorneys (and hiring replacements who are FOB's), is slamming Bush for the firings. This b#tch knows no shame (with "b#tch" meaning Hillary, NOT Kira! ;-) ).