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February 09, 2007

Senate Moves on U.S. Attorney Firings

Friday's New York Times reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee has decided it doesn't much like the way the Bush Administration is acting with carte blanche in removing the Senate's advise and consent powers. The committee voted 13-6 to send legislation to the floor that throws a wrench into Alberto Gonzales' recent habit of firing U.S. Attorneys because... well, darnit, because they're not sufficiently conservative. Anybody who grew up learning that justice is supposed to be blind and that judiciaries should act without regard for politics has been given a sad lesson, in the form of the Bush Doctrine: My Way or the Highway. But Pat Leahy and Harry Reid are having none of it. They plan to bring back some long-lost balance to the federal power structure. If you get C-Span 2, it should fun to watch the upcoming fireworks, based on this entertaining snippet from Thursday's proceedings:

"I'm going to do everything I can to get it to the floor next week", said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"It'll be over my objection", shot back Republican Conference Chairman Jon Kyl of Arizona.

I'm starting to really enjoy the antics of those wacky Republicans.

The Democrats acted one day after hearing John McKay's comments about how he really got fired as Seattle's U.S. Attorney. Maybe they were upset because, considering that McKay was continually given such excellent reviews by Justice Department evaluators, firing him didn't seem to make any sense. And I'm pleased to report that Senator Patty Murray has gone to bat for the Constitutional balance of powers, by writing to Pat Leahy and confirming her displeasure, and the need for the Justice Department to pony up the goods on McKay's firing. As yet, the department's spokeswoman, Tasia Scolinos, said it will be a cold day in Hell before they would tell the truth about any of that.

The House is planning hearings on a bill similar to the Senate's, sometime in the next month.

Posted by shoephone on February 9, 2007 at 10:43 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


This is an extremely important story. Thanks for picking it up!

Firing the Attourney who brought Duke Cunningham to justice would seem hard to explain.

Posted by: coolaqua | Feb 13, 2007 8:42:45 PM

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