Today we find out that the firings of the United States Attorneys went all the way to the oval office:
The White House was deeply involved in the decision late last year to dismiss federal prosecutors, including some who had been criticized by Republican lawmakers, administration officials said Monday.
Last October, President Bush spoke with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to pass along concerns by Republicans that some prosecutors were not aggressively addressing voter fraud, the White House said Monday. Senator Pete V. Domenici, Republican of New Mexico, was among the politicians who complained directly to the president, according to an administration official.
The president did not call for the removal of any specific United States attorneys, said Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman. She said she had â€œno indicationâ€ that the president had been personally aware that a process was already under way to identify prosecutors who would be fired.
Josh points out that these claims of voter fraud by the Republicans have been nothing more than a red herring used by Republicans for years. One of the fired U.S.As, David McKay, said he is “stunned” at this revelation and that “There was no evidence, and I am not going to drag innocent people in front of a grand jury.”.
Patrick Leahy has also spoke out about Gonzales lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee by saying “â€œI am outraged that the Attorney General was less than forthcoming with the Senate while under oath before the Judiciary Committee”. It sounds like it is time to pursue perjury charges against Alberto on this.
It is time for Congress to take this investigation a step further. It now appears as though the White House was wanting prosecutions brought forth without evidence to back those crimes. Considering the issue at hand is voter fraud, this could easily be summed up as a form of voter intimidation at the highest levels of government. It is even more troubling when you hear cases of serious problems with electronic voting machines and numerous people presenting that evidence and the Justice Department and White House ignore them.
If this is proven to be what I have said then there is no option but impeachment and charges against all parties involved (including George Bush). A democracy can not survive if the leader of the nation is trying to suppress it. Considering the nature of the war we are in, you can not help but think that these alleged actions in some way help our enemies. If this is the case then charges of treason should also follow. If Congress don’t act now then what will happen in 2008?