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May 14, 2007

McNulty's Out at DOJ

Paul McNulty resigned from the Justice Department today. He says he needs to make more money so he can put his kiddies through college.

McNulty also irked Gonzales by testifying in February that at least one of the fired prosecutors was ordered to make way for a protege of Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser. Gonzales, who has resisted lawmakers' calls to resign, maintains the firings were proper, and rooted in the prosecutors' lackluster performance.

Two other Justice Department officials -- Gonzales chief of staff Kyle Sampson and White House Liaison Monica Goodling -- have resigned in the past two months over the U.S. attorney firings.

"It seems ironic that Paul McNulty, who at least tried to level with the committee, goes while Gonzales, who stonewalled the committee, is still in charge," said Sen Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It's "ironic", to say the least, especially since Gonzales -- isn't he the Attorney General? -- claims to not have a clue as to what's been going on in his department for the past year. To the list of those recently departed from the DOJ I'll add Michael Battle's name. He was the one who made the phone calls last December 7, firing the prosecutors. He was also the first DOJ official to resign over the matter.

Posted by shoephone on May 14, 2007 at 08:03 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


I give McNulty a lot of credit for not saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Headline: "Rat Says Bye to Sinking Ship."

Posted by: op99 | May 15, 2007 10:58:28 AM

Of course, now we know how really smart Alberto is...he threw McNulty under the bus this morning at the aAtional Press Club, claiming that this "consensus" decision to fire the prosecutors all went through McNulty. And that of all the people at DOJ, McNulty probably knew the most about the whole thing.

If there was no love lost between McNulty and Gonzales before this morning, I think the chances of McNulty coming to Alberto's defense in any subsequent testimony just went out the window.

Posted by: Anne | May 15, 2007 12:13:40 PM

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