In January of 2007, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that politics was not a factor in the dismissal of U.S. Attorneys. “I would never, ever make a change in the United States attorney position for political reasons,” Mr. Gonzales said with a straight face and the hubris that has come to be the hallmark of the administration.
Yet, in January of 2005, while serving as White House Counsel, Alberto Gonzales plotted with the White House political “mastermind,” Karl Rove, about getting rid of U.S. Attorneys.
Karl Rove, the senior presidential adviser, inquired about firing United States attorneys in January 2005, e-mail messages released Thursday show. The request prompted a Justice Department aide to respond that Alberto R. Gonzales, soon to be confirmed as attorney general, favored replacing a group of “underperforming” prosecutors.
The e-mail messages, part of a larger collection that the Justice Department is preparing to turn over to Congressional investigators, indicate that Mr. Rove and Mr. Gonzales, then the White House counsel, had considered replacing prosecutors earlier than either has previously acknowledged.
In a message on Jan. 6, 2005, one White House lawyer wrote to a colleague: “Karl Rove stopped by to ask you (roughly quoting) ‘how we planned to proceed regarding U.S. Attorneys, whether we were going to allow all to stay, request resignations from all and accept only some of them or selectively replace them, etc.’ ”
D. Kyle Sampson, who resigned this week as chief of staff to Mr. Gonzales, responded by e-mail three days later. Discussing a plan to replace 15 percent to 20 percent of all 93 prosecutors, Mr. Sampson noted: “Judge and I discussed briefly a couple of weeks ago.” (Mr. Gonzales is known to associates as the Judge from his tenure on the Texas Supreme Court.) Mr. Sampson predicted that any dismissals could stir protests. “If Karl thinks there is the political will to do it, then so do I,” he wrote.
Surely, Karl Rove never did anything for political reasons. I’m not sure you noticed the sarcasm in my voice when I wrote that! Rove, Bush’s brain and his hatchet man, doesn’t know how to breathe without a political motive. It’s just one lie after another.Mr. Gonzales should follow Mr. Sampson out the door. Mr. Gonzales is the people’s attorney, not the President’s personal council. Maybe he forgot that being attorney general was different than his previous White House role.
As for Karl Rovehe he should exit by crawling out a White House basement window- the same way this dangerous, slimy, vindictive scum sucker came into the West Wing!