Thursday, May 17, 2007

Purge News

The Washington Post reports that 26 U.S. attorneys were originally slated for the Purge.

McClatchy reports that two more prosecutors were slated for firing - one in Colorado, one in Florida:

That brings to nine the number of battleground election states where the Bush administration set out to replace some of the nation's top prosecutors. In at least seven states, it now appears, U.S. attorneys were fired or considered for firing as Republicans in those states urged investigations or prosecutions of alleged Democratic voter fraud.

The Department of Justice has found only a single message in which DOJ officials communicated with Karl Rove about the Prosecutor Purge matter. Congress had subpoenaed Justice for ALL messages related to Rove and the matter.

Monica Goodling, former Alberto Gonzales aide and liaison between Department of Justice and the White House in the purge matter, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday after being granted limited immunity.

Another Republican has called for the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general:

Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) yesterday became the fifth Senate Republican to demand the resignation of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. Hagel cited revelations that Gonzales in 2004 tried to persuade then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft -- who was in intensive care at the time -- to reauthorize a warrantless surveillance program that the Justice Department had ruled illegal. Gonzales was White House counsel at the time.

Here's the video of that extraordinary testimony by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Gonzales' "Godfather" bedside visit to an ill Ashcroft trying to get him to sign off on the warrantless wiretap program.

Finally in other scandal news, former Karl Rove aide Susan Ralston is seeking immunity before she will testify before Henry Waxman's Government Oversight Committee in the Jack Abramoff matter. Ralston worked for Abramoff before she became Rove's top aide.

Busy day on the scandal beat.

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