Predictably, the Democrats are grandstanding again. Charles Schumer is calling for Attorney General Gonzales' resignation
, on the grounds that he is allegedly putting politics above the law.
That's pretty rich, coming from a senator who complacently sat in office (both in the House and Senate) throughout the tenure of the hapless, hopelessly incompetent Janet Reno. Her Justice Department was a political tool of the Clinton Administration from start to finish, as David Limbaugh
pointed out; what's more, its respect for civil liberties (allegedly so beloved by Democrats when a terrorist threat looms) was limited, at best
What's more, this matter about the firing of eight US attorneys is a big "nothing" of the first order. The President is entitled to fire US attorneys for cause -- or without it. As many will recall, one of Janet Reno's first acts was to fire all 93 sitting US attorneys. As Judge Robert Bork wrote
in 1998:Upon taking office, in an unexplained departure from the practice of recent Administrations, Miss Reno suddenly fired all 93 U.S. attorneys. She said the decision had been made in conjunction with the White House. Translation: The President ordered it.
There was a brief outcry, but there was the end of the matter. For one thing, the Senate was in Democratic hands. For another, firing all 93 U.S. attorneys -- despite the massive threat to numerous ongoing prosecutions all across the US -- was the President's prerogative. They serve at the pleasure of the President.
Here, with regard to the US Attorney for New Mexico, the big charge is not
that Senator Pete Domenici tried to stifle on ongoing prosecution. At worst, the allegation is that he tried to hasten its conclusion. Even that is unproven, but Domenici is being dragged through the mud anyway. And in fact, it's hardly unheard of for elected officials to check in with U.S. attorneys -- many times, the US attorneys are well-known to (or even proteges of) senators and congressmen. Perhaps its time for all
the US senators to reveal the extent of their contacts with US attorneys in this administration and the preceding one.
The vaporings in the MSM over this non-story have been ridiculous. If they really cared about the facts, they would read Andrew McCarthy's straightforward accounting of relevant facts
. Why is it all right to fire 93 US Attorneys, but terribly wrong to fire only 8?