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May 09, 2007

Gonzales Incompetence Writ Large: the Secret Order

Via the intrepid bloggers at TPM Muckraker, we get to see the "secret order" that Gonzales gave in March 2006, ceding hiring and firing authority to Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling:

DELEGATION OF CERTAIN PERSONNEL AUTHORITIES TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE WHITE HOUSE LIAISON OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

By virtue of the authority vested in me as Attorney General of the United States, I hereby delegate to the Chief of Staff to the Attorney General and to the White House Liaison of the Department of Justice the authority, with the approval of the Attorney General, to take final action in matters pertaining to the apointment, employment, pay, separation, and general administration of:

It then goes on to list all the employment positions that will now be under the thumb of Sampson and Goodling. So, I guess -- in addition to passing the buck all over the place, and refusing to take an ounce of responsibility over the unjustified firings of the US attorneys -- what Gonzales is really saying is that the prosecutors don't "serve at the pleasure of the president" at all. That was just a big fib. The prosecutors served at the pleasure of Sampson and Goodling. Hmm. But now that Sampson and Goodling have both resigned, who's in charge?

Posted by shoephone on May 9, 2007 at 10:37 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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Who's in charge?

It's either The Decider or the Commander Guy.

Unless it's Darth Cheney, who thinks the 30,000 Americans killed or wounded, and the millions of Iraqi casualties, because of his imperial occupation are merely a pre-game show. (See our good friend mcjoan's front page essay on dKos, at http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/5/9/154747/6163 )

Posted by: N in Seattle | May 9, 2007 2:17:53 PM

It's still Karl Rove, like it's always been.

Posted by: op99 | May 9, 2007 2:48:12 PM

Op99 wins the door prize! Yep. It's Rove. And the USAs are looking forward to a special counsel being appointed to investigate the whole, crummy affair. Have a listen to Bowermaster's audio excerpted interview:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/collections/audio/2003699810_mckay9/2003699811_mckay9.html

I attended the CLE conference today that featured McKay, Iglesias and Charleton. It was great, and I'll post on it later tonight. I've got about 4 hours of notes to mull through...

Posted by: shoephone | May 9, 2007 7:42:55 PM

Just when I think I've heard it all...

How can an attorney general cede his authority? The reality is, or at least, ought to be, that he's responsible no matter what. It's his department, not his chief of staff's. Gonzalez has to be the most pathetic person to ever occupy that office - and yes, I remember Mitchell and Meese.

Posted by: Cujo359 | May 9, 2007 9:10:23 PM

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