Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rove More Involved in Attorney Firings Than Previously Disclosed

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee released over 5,400 pages of emails from the Bush White House and the Republican National Committee regarding the controversial firing of U.S. Attorneys.

You can read the White House emails here and you can read the RNC emails here.

and what did the emails reveal? From Bloomberg:

Karl Rove and other aides to former President George W. Bush played a bigger role in the dismissal of federal prosecutors than was previously disclosed, newly released documents show.

and what about former U.S. Attorney from New Mexico, David Iglesias? Again from Bloomberg:

In an interview with the committee, Miers said Rove became “very agitated” in a conversation with her about David Iglesias, then the U.S. attorney in New Mexico. The Judiciary Committee released a transcript of the Miers interview.

“It was clear to me that he felt like he had a serious problem and that he wanted something done about it,” Miers said, according to the transcript. She said she didn’t recall whether Rove said he wanted Iglesias removed.

One Rove aide e-mailed another in 2005 discussing the firing of Iglesias. The e-mail said: “I would really like to move forward with getting rid of NM USATTY.” Miers later wrote in an e-mail that a decision had been made to replace Iglesias.

The Justice Department “gave Iglesias top rankings, so this decision was clearly not just the result of the White House following the department’s lead as Rove and Miers have maintained,” according to Conyers.

A chain of e-mails in 2006 started by then-Representative Heather Wilson, a New Mexico Republican, criticized Iglesias for failing to bring public corruption cases that could help Republicans.

A Rove aide forwarded Wilson’s e-mail to Rove and complained that Iglesias was “shy about doing his job on” Patricia Madrid, Wilson’s Democratic challenger in 2006 who was the state’s attorney general at the time. Weeks later, Iglesias was placed on a final list to be fired.

Is this really any surprise?

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