It is funny. We have been talking about Alberto Gonzales stepping down for over 6 weeks. Again, I would point out that our President has dug in his heels. Unless, Alberto Gonzales is found standing on Bush’s desk in the Oral Office and eating crackers, I don’t think that Bush will ask Gonzales to leave.
More information has come out over the last 24 hours. Monica Goodling, who was clear promoted for ideology and not talent, was hard at work considering firing 26 US Attorneys. Now, we have heard that they were considering firing all of the US Attorneys but according to Kyle Sampson, he quickly trashed the idea. It appears to me that the only thing that was trashed was over 150 years of tradition.
The Justice Department considered dismissing many more U.S. attorneys than officials have previously acknowledged, with at least 26 prosecutors suggested for termination between February 2005 and December 2006, according to sources familiar with documents withheld from the public.
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testified last week that the effort was limited to eight U.S. attorneys fired since last June, and other administration officials have said that only a few others were suggested for removal.
In fact, D. Kyle Sampson, then Gonzales’s chief of staff, considered more than two dozen U.S. attorneys for termination, according to lists compiled by him and his colleagues, the sources said. (more…)