OCTOBER 10 2008

1. Dangerous New Turn in Justice Department Investigation
2. Justice Department scandal almost buried by financial crisis
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1. Dangerous New Turn in Justice
Department Investigation
by David Iglesias for the Huffington Post

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No longer just a civil matter to blithely ignore, this ominous
development could result in current and high level officials being
indicted for crimes. I suspect the special counsel will "follow the
emails" in the way that "follow the money" brought down Nixon's men
during Watergate.

....The 392-page report described a "fundamentally flawed" process
of termination, one in which politics were allowed to overrule the
historic independence of U.S. Attorneys. Pat Rogers, the New Mexico
Republican committeeman, despite his incessant drone of criticism,
curiously refused to cooperate with the Justice Department
investigators, as did Senator Pete Domenici, his chief of staff Steve
Bell, former White House Advisor Karl Rove, former White House
Counsel Harriet Miers, and former DoJ official Monica Goodling. The
Attorney General, Michael Mukasey called it straight, the removals
were "haphazard, arbitrary and unprofessional". He further stated the
reputations of the terminated US Attorneys were "unfairly tainted by
the removals and their aftermath."

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2. Justice Department scandal almost buried
by financial crisis
by Marilou Johanek for ToledoBlade.com

....But the Bush Administration got lucky. As its Treasury and Federal
Reserve chiefs warned that the sky was falling and the economic
crash and continuing tumult on Wall Street made them seem
prophetic, the Justice Department released a nearly 400-page
scalding indictment of the administration over the controversial firings
of several U.S. attorneys in 2006.

....But what the Justice Department’s exhaustive investigation and
blistering report concluded about the enormous damage done to the
department through improper politicization is far more troubling ....

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AP Photo/ Mike Kittrel
Bob Riley, current Governor
of Alabama, ran on an
anti-gambling ticket, in order
to stop an education lottery.
So Wha'?
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image: public domain

US Attorney David Iglesias
The firing in New Mexico of
Iglesias for not pursuing a political
prosecution in the days before the
November 2006 election is an
egregious example of partisan
justice according to the Justice
Department Report issued last
week.