Wednesday, March 18, 2009

One Clear Exception: Siegelman

A column by former Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau Chief Carl P. Leubsdorf is making the rounds today. Carl wrote strongly against Capitol Hill's fixation about going after the past misdeeds of the Bush Administration. That being said, Carl writes:

"[T]here should be one clear exception to a policy of limiting future government action to exposure and reversal of past abuses: the way the Bush team politicized the Department of Justice and sought to manipulate its procedures for partisan purposes. Particularly troublesome examples include the 2006 prosecution that landed former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama in jail and the 2007 ouster of nine U.S. attorneys who resisted administration pressure to step up probes of alleged election fraud in key states. The House Judiciary Committee has long pursued those matters, and its campaign bore fruit last week with the agreements for former Bush officials Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to testify 'under penalty of perjury.' They will be questioned about their possible roles in testimony conducted in private but later made public."


  1. The DOJ is a political arm of the Republican Party. The left-over AUSAs from the Bush Administration involved in the Alabama should be fired, rightly so.

  2. Siegelman was hung out to dry...the Congress must enforce the separation of powers and remove the politicos in Justice using the judicial branch for political gain. Its all good for the checks and balances of govt.