Newly released documents show Karl Rove was ‘driving force’ behind U.S. attorney firings?

August 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — House Democrat investigating the Bush-era U.S. attorney firings, which led to allegations of political meddling at the Justice Department and the resignation of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, released 5,400 pages of interviews with Karl Rove and other former senior Bush aides, as well as White House e-mails. The documents, provide new evidence, that could potentially reveal White House officials were “deeply involved” in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys “and the administration made a concerted effort to hide that fact from the American people,” according to the press release from the committee, headed by John Conyers (D-Mich).  “After all the delay and despite all the obfuscation, lies and spin, this basic truth can no longer be denied: Karl Rove and his cohorts at the Bush White House were the driving force behind several of these firings, which were done for improper reasons,” he said in a statement.

The documents allegedly show Rove was directly linked to firing U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, while earlier Rove had claimed his aide was “freelancing” in his bid to get the lawyer fired in 2005. Harriet Miers—questioned by the judiciary committee for the first time in June—described getting a phone call from a “very upset” Rove telling her that Iglesias was “a serious problem and he wanted something done about it.”
“Under the Bush regime, honest and well-performing U.S. attorneys were fired for petty patronage, political horsetrading and, in the most egregious case of political abuse of the U.S. attorney corps–that of U.S. Attorney Iglesias—because he refused to use his office to help Republicans win elections,” Conyers said. Rove pressed Miers to “do something” about Iglesias just weeks before his name turned up on the fire list, and was also aware of his aide’s efforts to fire Iglesias. Mr. Iglesias said the new documents make “crystal clear” that he and the other prosecutors were fired for “purely political reasons.” He said, “What they wanted were politicized U.S. attorneys; the Justice Department just can’t do that.” Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to fire Iglesias at that time, despite personal complaints from Rove.

A Justice Department internal investigation in 2008 concluded that improper “partisan political considerations played a part in the removal of several of the U.S. attorneys,” but was unable to conclude whether any crime was committed. A criminal prosecutor Nora Dannehy, is still investigating the matter.

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2 Responses to “Newly released documents show Karl Rove was ‘driving force’ behind U.S. attorney firings?”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 12th, 2009 11:53 am

    Just one more link in the chain, showing that the Bush Administration was corrupt to the core, and engaged in criminal activities to support the attempted subversion of the Constitutional process; we had 8 years of the Republican party attempting to surreptitiously overthrow the properly-elected government and substitute their cronies, for the purpose of financial gain and political domination of the United States.

    At this time, I would like to see the Justice Department open criminal proceedings against the senior Bush and Cheney staffers and the two chief conspirators themselves. It’s crystal-clear that Bush and Cheney were the “top-down” driving force behind the criminals during their entire term of office.

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