Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Worthless Rove Racket Goon Stains Obama

Lawrence G. Brown wanted it all.  He was made First Assistant U.S. Attorney during the Bush Administration and was a loyal member of the Rove Republican Racket, although he later tried to play the part as an apolitical, non-partisan jurist.

When the U.S. Attorney stepped down, Brown (pictured) was made Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

When the sea of change came, he eagerly wanted to keep his position and be appointed by Obama. He shedded his Republican credentials, and jumped ship.

With great calculation, Brown tried to strike a deal with a loyal supporter of President Obama. That supporter was the Mayor of Sacramento, Callifornia, Kevin Johnson, who was in legal troubles with the U.S. Attorney's office and an Inspector General of the federal government.

So Brown played dirty politics to help the Mayor out and try to get a permanent appointment.  Brown denounced the Inspector General and struck a "sweet deal" with Johnson. The Inspector General was eventually fired.

ABC News reports this morning:
In the continued fallout from President Obama's firing of Gerald Walpin, the former Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service, two Republican members of Congress today are questioning whether the Acting US Attorney in the case acted appropriately, questions that they suggest undermine the White House's justification for the firing.

In a report obtained by ABC News to be released this morning, ... suggest that politics -- and specifically Walpin's investigation into Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an ally of President Obama's -- played a role in Walpin's removal.

The two make the charges based on evidence that then-Acting US Attorney Lawrence Brown "was actively seeking a Presidential appointment as the U.S. Attorney at the same time he was negotiating a lenient settlement agreement with Kevin Johnson, excluding the Inspector General from the negotiations, and filing a complaint against Walpin with the Integrity Committee," and communication between Brown and Matthew Jacobs, Johnson's attorney, which the GOP lawmakers say "do not suggest an appropriately arm’s length negotiating relationship."

President Obama fired Walpin last June, with then-White House counsel Greg Craig stating that Brown, the "Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, a career prosecutor who was appointed to his post during the Bush Administration, has referred Mr. Walpin’s conduct for review by the Integrity Committee of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency."
Brown never got the appointment as U.S. Attorney, but last month Governor Arnold Schwarzennegger appointed Brown to the Superior Court of California.

The Rove Racket takes care of its worthless own.