Ex-U.S. Attorney Complains About Politicizing Justice Dept.


The evidence keeps emerging that the firings of eight U.S. Attorneys by the Bush administration lacked a solid basis. The Los Angeles Times quotes former San Diego U.S. Carol Lam as telling congressional investigators she was constantly given conflicting instructions from Washington and was expected to bring more prosecutions with fewer resources. Lam was told ouster was “coming from the very highest levels of the government,” but the Justice Department wanted her to pretend as though it was her decision to leave.

Daniel Bogden, former U.S. attorney in Las Vegas, said he was told he was being replaced to make room for future Republican officeholders. He was told the Bush administration in its final years, the GOP wanted to promote up-and-comers to federal judgeships and political offices. Bogden said his removal “may have been due, in part, to an effort to politicize the Department of Justice.” John McKay, the fired prosecutor in Seattle, said felt threatened by a Justice Department official who “was prepared to threaten me further if he concluded I did not intend to continue to remain silent about my dismissal.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-testimony3may03,1,2222894.story?coll=la-headlines

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