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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, April 30, 2007

So, Gonzales wasn't involved in the US Attorney firings

Wow. So apparently, Al Gonzales signed over his personnel authority to Monica Goodling and Kyle Sampson.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signed a highly confidential order in March 2006 delegating to two of his top aides -- who have since resigned because of their central roles in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys -- extraordinary authority over the hiring and firing of most non-civil-service employees of the Justice Department......

A senior executive branch official familiar with the delegation of authority said in an interview that -- as was the case with the firings of the U.S. attorneys and the selection of their replacements -- the two aides intended to work closely with White House political aides and the White House counsel's office in deciding which senior Justice Department officials to dismiss and whom to appoint to their posts. "It was an attempt to make the department more responsive to the political side of the White House and to do it in such a way that people would not know it was going on," the official said.

But we did find out what was going on.

Can we get Harriet Miers in under oath now?


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