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Friday, May 04, 2007

Fired Prosecutors Case Gets Even More Ridiculous

We thought it wasn't possible. How could the Dems' Quixotic quest to find something impeachable in the firing of a measly eight prosecutors sink any lower into political slime? How could a party whose leader fired all the federal prosecutors possibly look any more opportunistic or vicious?

Turns out it is possible.

It happened at Congressional hearings yesterday (My! If there's one thing the Dems are good at, it's holding hearings. I guess they are called "hearings" because the Dems love hearing themselves speak; they're sure not about listening.). Dem Mel Watt of North Carolina was questioning former Deputy Attorney General James Comey about the firing of former fed. atty. John McCay.

We all know why McCay was fired. Washington's 2004 governor's election was by Dem Chris Gregoire in a hail of voter fraud so thick it broke windshields and dinged paint jobs. One of McCay's primary jobs was to prosecute voter fraud, but he had other things to do, so the Dems got away with it.

A few months after the election, 18 months before McCay was finally fired, his name was mentioned as someone to be fired, but he hung on for a while longer.

Watt would have none of this talk of Dem voter fraud and a prosecutor not inclined to prosecute, so he decided to dance instead on the grave of a murdered assistant U.S. attorney instead.

Former U.S. Attorney John McKay's name was on a list of federal prosecutors to be fired in March 2005, 18 months earlier than previously reported, according to a document released by the House Judiciary Committee today.

And during a hearing in the nation's capital, a committee member suggested McKay might have made the list, drawn up by the attorney general's then-chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, for requesting "some action" by the Justice Department with regard to the unsolved 2001 killing of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales.

In questioning former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., said: "It was suggested that Mr. Sampson had concerns or that concerns had been raised ... relating to the murder of an assistant U.S. attorney named Thomas Wales, in which Mr. McKay had requested some action by the department." ...

Comey responded: "I don't remember discussing that tragedy with anyone other than Mr. McKay, and it was simply briefly to talk to him about how awful it was. He cared very passionately about finding the person who killed his assistant U.S. attorney." (Seattle Times)

The suppositions behind Watt's assertion are dripping with Bush-hatred: For his theory to work, Bush and his deputies would have to be much worse than merely unconcerned about the death of a federal court official. There would have to be Administration involvement and cover-up well-smeared with their fingerprints, or there would be no reason for a federal prosecutor to be fired for merely suggesting a speed-up of the investigation.

No one in the media is calling Watt a loon, an opportunist or a filthy piece of moral flotsam this morning. No one in the media is asking why McCay himself didn't create "some action in the Justice Department" regarding the murder. He was, after all, the Justice Dept's top dog in the jurisdiction where the murder occurred.

Maybe his own inaction on the Wales case is another reason why McCay was fired -- but it certainly wasn't for asking.

Only the worst sort of human being could be demented enough to draw the conclusion Watt espoused. For 15 years, the people of the 12th District in NC (Charlotte) have been electing and re-electing this worst sort of human being to represent them. Shameful.

hat-tip: memeorandum

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