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"Leahy Prepared to Hold Bush, Cheney, Gonzales in Contempt of Congress..."
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 7/1/2007 @ 9:57 pm PT...
"The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Jeffrey Taylor, complained of pressure from Goodling and other Justice Department officials to block the hiring of a prosecutor viewed as a “liberal Democratic type.” Instead, they sought the appointment of Jay Apperson as an assistant US attorney. Apperson was a veteran of the Kenneth Starr Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations who was forced to resign a congressional staff position in 2005 for falsifying the signature of Republican congressman James Sensenbrenner on a letter to a federal judge complaining about a sentencing decision. Taylor eventually hired both men."
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 7/2/2007 @ 12:45 am PT...
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 7/2/2007 @ 1:41 am PT...
April 14, 2007
From a DC lawyer reader:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez appointed Jeffrey Taylor to be the US Attorney for the District of Columbia in late September 2006 under the now-infamous provision of the Patriot Act allowing the Attorney General to appoint interim US Attorneys:
At that point, it was evident that the Democrats would retake control of the House of Representatives and that Henry Waxman (D-CA) would be the next chairman of House [Oversight and Government Reform] Committee, with its vast oversight jurisdiction. In fact, numerous stories like ths one had appeared in major newspapers indicating that Waxman would wage a war of oversight on the White House:
It seems apparent that Taylor was placed in to his position to specifically frustrate any Congressional oversight effort.
So how is it that the US Attorney for the District of Columbia spot so conveniently became open at such a critical time? ...
Ken Wainstein was the US Attorney for the Districty of Columbia prior to Jeffrey Taylor. ...
He was in office only six months before being kicked upstairs to become the first Assistant Attorney General for the new National Security Division at the Justice Department.
Posted by Laura at April 14, 2007 02:16 PM
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 7/2/2007 @ 3:57 am PT...
Jeffrey A. Taylor is a loyal bushie, put there in advance for exactly one purpose.
To camouflage the process while at the same time letting the prosecution of contempt of congress die a slow death behind the scenes.
Harper's Magazine has a good article that reveals some questionable practices Taylor has exhibited. The article correctly points out:
There’s no position where, from the perspective of President Bush, a “loyal Bushie” is more vitally needed.
Now we get the picture. The sneak change in the law by loyal Department of
Justice Just Us bushies hidden from congress that allowed his appointment by Gonzales without Senate consent was a deliberate move to obstruct justice.
The Washington Post has a similar article to the same effect. Indications are that an investigation into Taylor's hiring practices are ongoing.
The story expands with this:
Taylor said he has hired 20 prosecutors since he took over in September and has allowed one other --- who was rejoining the Washington office after a few years' hiatus --- to bypass the screening process.
(ibid, emphasis added). Yep, he has put cronies in place.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 7/2/2007 @ 4:18 am PT...
Jeffrey Taylor, just like Paul McNulty was involved in the firings process and investigation. By default, he has to be recused from the case. Recused the same way as Gonzales....
Then they have to vote on a new Attorney and career person.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 7/2/2007 @ 5:31 am PT...
I wonder if Taylor remembers that his first legal position was for a famous democrat in Nevada?
He was hired as a lawclerk (1991-1992) to the Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court (ibid).
That Judge was a fair person, and would not approve of the concept of a Department of
Justice Just Us, and to the extent Taylor has violated that, he is without excuse as to whether or not he ever had a good role model.
Some years after that he worked for Orin Hatch in the congress, who is not a good role model when it comes to partisanship.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 7/2/2007 @ 6:52 am PT...
Can Taylor be forced to recuse himself? Who enforces that?
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 7/2/2007 @ 11:53 am PT...
If it weren't for Patrick Leahy and Henry Waxman the whole Democratic party would be completely invisible...Yes Mr. Leahy, you most difinately should press forward on Contempt of Congress charges for Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales...and let's not forget Ms. Rice's refusal to acknowledge a congressional subpoena