Yes, Clinton fired all 93 federal prosecutors at the start of his term. Yes, it interfered with investigations in process. Most of them, if not all of them, were approaching the expirations of their terms of office, however, and Clinton's unprecedented act was mainly that he "fired" them without having nominated most of their replacements. US Attorneys serve four-year terms coincidental to the presidency, and are retained or dismissed at the end of their terms at the pleasure of whomever occupies the Oval Office. It is unusual to sack US Attorneys mid-term, unprecedented to do so with eight of them at a time, and in the case of Iglesias, to do so with one ranked by the White House as a high performer but whose home-state Senator pushed for termination because of impatience in indicting activists from the opposition party for corruption.So much for those FOX/right wing talking points.
I'm not saying that the firings were illegal, but they were certainly strange, and politically stupid. And, yes, very worthy of criticism -- as have been Gonzales' attempts to explain them away.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Ed Morrissey on firing federal prosecutors
This is why I regularly read Ed Morrissey at Captains Quarters.