Dems have had plenty of fun hanging Atty. Gen. Gonzalez by his thumbs and taking turns making him spin in circles over the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. Nothing wrong with that, but the time has come to call for a different approach.
If ever a case cried out for the appointment a Special Prosecutor, this is it.
• The Attorney General is the head of the justice system in this country. There is no way any potential crimes can be fairly investigated by his own Department.
• Only a Special Prosecutor with Grand Jury authority could possibly penetrate the combination of denials and claims of executive privilege.
Moreover, it is the right move politically. As much fun as the Dems are having driving nails into the Administration’s nearly moribund carcass, their direct involvement obscures the real issue. It lends plausibility to the claim that the fight is about politics.
It is not. It is not whether the Administration played politics with the firings of eight US Attorneys. Using the judicial system to protect corrupt Republicans or push for unfounded prosecutions of Democrats is not politics. It is a felony. It is obstruction of justice.
The real question is not why eight U.S. Attorneys were removed. It is why the other 85 Attorneys were not removed.
Did one or more of them acquiesce to pressure from the Attorney General or his subordinates to engage in dubious prosecutions for political reasons?
In how many other ways did the Justice Department commit crimes?
Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) had it right when he called for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor. Democratic leadership should take up the call.