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The Best Bunch of Prosecutors You Would Ever Want to Fire

Paul Kiel:

TPMmuckraker March 21, 2007 09:03 AM: [T]he Justice Department didn't select a group of mediocre prosecutors and then try to smear them as underperforming -- oh, no. They chose from among the most distinguished U.S. attorneys in the country (by the DoJ's own admission), and then announced to the world that they'd canned them for "performance related" issues.

Let's go down the list, shall we?

New Mexico's David Iglesias, we pointed out yesterday, was considered for a promotion in 2004 to head up the office that oversees all U.S. attorneys. And that wasn't the only promotion for which he was considered. As The Washington Post points out this morning, he was also considered for the position of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (the crown jewel of the U.S. attorney offices) and U.S. Attorney for Manhattan.... [F]ormer Deputy Attorney General James Comey (he left in August of 2005), has called Iglesias "was one of our finest and someone I had a lot of confidence in as deputy attorney general."

And then there's Arizona's Paul Charlton.... "'I considered you a star among U.S. attorneys'," Comey told Charlton in [a Feb. 9 e-mail]. 'You ran an office with a staggering caseload, in both numbers and variety, and did it beautifully'." Comey added that he knew of "no performance issues" with Charlton. "In fact, quite the contrary."... And Seattle's John McKay. Here's Kyle Sampson, Alberto Gonzales' right hand and the point man for the purge, writing about McKay in August, 2006: "re John, it's highly unlikely we could do better in Seattle."... And then there's the case of Daniel Bogden of Nevada, the one Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty got cold feet about.... [T]he Justice Department is currently helping him get another position at the DoJ.

Of course, everyone knows how Carol Lam distinguished herself, but despite bringing the highest profile case in the Justice Department's recent history (with the exception of the Abramoff investigation), she doesn't seem to have had any champions inside the Gonzales Justice Department. Funny...

Impeach Alberto Gonzales. Impeach Richard Cheney. Impeach George W. Bush. Do it now.