Rove Tied More Closely to Firings as Gonzales Support FadesPhony Fraud Charges - New York Times
John McKay, one of the fired attorneys, says he was pressured by Republicans
to bring voter fraud charges after the 2004 Washington governor’s race, which
a Democrat, Christine Gregoire, won after two recounts.
Carol Lam, the San Diego attorney, seems to have been fired to stop her from
continuing an investigation that put Republican officials and campaign contributors at risk.Gonzales’s Critics See Lasting, Improper Ties to White HouseE-Mail Indicates Rove Role in Firings
White House political adviser Karl Rove raised questions in early 2005 about
replacing some federal prosecutors but allowing others to stay, an e-mail
released Thursday shows.
Earlier Thursday, Rove told journalism students in Alabama that the decision
to fire each prosecutor "was made at the Department of Justice on the basis
of policy and personnel."Bush criticizes Gonzales on attorney firingsSecond Republican says Gonzales should goGOP support for Gonzales erodes furtherAlberto Gonzales - WikipediaRevised Patriot Act used in firings, officials say
Wednesday’s explanation of the Patriot Act changes, along with the release
of new e-mail correspondence, was meant to stave off mounting accusations
by Democrats, who say they now are suspicious that the changes were part
of an attempt to grab executive powers and play politics with prosecutorial appointments.United States Attorney - Wikipedia
on March 9, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Patriot Act Reauthorization Bill of 2005 which amends Section 546 by striking subsections (c) and (d) and inserting the following new subsection:
(c) A person appointed as United States attorney under this section may serve until the qualification of a united States Attorney for such district appointed by the President under section 541 of this title.This, in effect, strikes the 120 days limit on interim U.S. Attorneys, and effectively extends their term to the end of the appointing President's term, which circumvents the U.S. Senate confirmation process.
The United States Senate is currently investigating this revision to the U.S. Patriot Act.Margaret Chiara says she doesn't know why she was fired