A US grand jury in Guam opened an investigation of controversial lobbyist Jack Abramoff more than two years ago, but President Bush removed the supervising federal prosecutor, and the probe ended soon after.
The previously undisclosed Guam inquiry is separate from a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia that is investigating allegations that Abramoff bilked Indian tribes out of millions of dollars.
In Guam, a US territory in the Pacific, investigators were looking into Abramoff’s secret arrangement with Superior Court officials to lobby against a court reform bill then pending in Congress. The legislation, since approved, gave the Guam Supreme Court authority over the Superior Court.
This was not some “Clinton left over” attorney. The prosecutor fired as actually appointed by the first President Bush:
The transactions were the target of a grand jury subpoena issued Nov. 18, 2002, according to the subpoena. It demanded that Anthony Sanchez, administrative director of the Guam Superior Court, turn over all records involving the lobbying contract, including bills and payments.
A day later, the chief prosecutor, US Attorney Frederick A. Black, who had launched the investigation, was demoted. A White House news release announced that Bush was replacing Black.
The timing caught some by surprise. Despite his officially temporary status as the acting US attorney, Black had held the assignment for more than a decade.
The acting US attorney was a controversial official in Guam. At the time he was replaced, Black was directing a long-term investigation into allegations of public corruption in the administration of then-Governor Carl Gutierrez. The probe produced numerous indictments, including some of the governor’s political associates and top aides.
Black, 56, had served as acting US attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands since 1991, when he was named to the post by the president’s father, President George H. W. Bush.
So why did Bush fire one of his father’s appointees? All evidence points to the fact he was investigating Abramoff. This is the same Abramoff that the White House denied time and time again having any involvement with until visitor logs showed he had met there numerous times.
Do we have enough for impeachment yet or is a blow job still much more serious than destroying our system of justice? If the Republicans are so tired of Bush and Cheney and think Pelosi is so evil then why don’t they start supporting impeachment calls? They could use a “President Pelosi” as their campaign issue in 2008? Of course they are probably scared that Pelosi would take over and do things right and America become a happy nation again.