Chertoff Nomination Could Be Nixed By Political Prosecutions


If Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a former prosecutor, does not get the nod to succeed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, it might be because of Chertoff’s involvement in political cases, reports the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper explores the prosecution of David Rosen, a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). Rosen was acquitted. If a nominee for Attorney General “is political in nature and susceptible to the importuning of the White House,” said Senate Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), “you can be sure that individual would not be confirmed.”

In the mid-1990s Chertoff, counsel to an investigative committee led by then-Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY), led an aggressive investigation of then-President Clinton and his wife. As head of the Justice Department’s criminal division later, Chertoff set in motion a little-noticed policy change that led to more aggressive prosecutions. Washington lawyer Kenneth Gross, former enforcement chief of the Federal Election Commission, said the Rosen case “was an aberration and unprecedented. If this had been Hillary Jones rather than Hillary Clinton, “they would not have brought this as a criminal prosecution.”


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