by Larisa Alexandrovna
August 12, 2008
Mukasey is no Elliot Richardson...
US Attorney General Mukasey apparently forgets that he works for the American people, not for the White House. He also forgets we are a country of laws, not of men. So his latest shocker is not only a cover-up, politically based and with complete disregard for the law, but it is also obstruction of justice, for which he should be prosecuted. From Think Progress:
In a speech today before the American Bar Association (ABA), Mukasey was more explicit in his rejection of any sort of review or prosecution, saying that the “negative publicity” they faced was enough:
That does not mean, as some people have suggested, that those officials who were found by the joint reports to have committed misconduct have suffered no consequences. Far from it. The officials most directly implicated in the misconduct left the Department to the accompaniment of substantial negative publicity. … To put it in concrete terms, I doubt that anyone in this room would want to trade places with any of those people.
Mukasey also reiterated that these former employees were not found to be in violation of any criminal laws. They did, however, violate civil service laws. A joint report by the Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility found that in particular, Michael Elston, formerly the chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General, “violated federal law and Department policy” by selecting candidates based on their political affiliations.
Clearly, the Bush administration seems to be betting that it will be able to escape any accountability for its misdeeds once it leaves office. In the meantime, officials are just running out the clock.
Well then, next time any American citizen breaks the law, feel free to cite Mukasey's (unofficial) ruling (as a judge?) that embarrassment is more than enough punishment. I also find it remarkable that Mukasey thinks that this entire scandal is about DOJ officials and their hiring practices. What of the US Attorneys who have and continue to abuse their power in targeting Democrats, and in some cases cooking the evidence against them? What of those alleged crimes and the victims of those crimes? Senator Schumer should feel ashamed for his role in getting Mukasey seated as the AG.
So should Senator Feinstein !
Way to go Senator Feinstein !
Also,what's this I hear that you haven't even read The Articles Of Impeachment offered by Congressman Kucinich ! ?
Way to do your homework..
When are you getting a Medal from Pres.Bush ?
M..A Concerned Democrat..
Thanks ToniD.. :)