for “performance related” issues?Baby Turdblossom watches his boss fuck it up
In todays episode of As Alberto’s Body Dangles In the Breeze we see that Sen. John Cornyn backs up a little but uses an unfortunate expression in the process:
But Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said that he had seen no evidence that the fired prosecutors were dismissed â€œfor any inappropriate reason.â€ Democrats, he said, â€œthink Karl Rove is lurking behind every bush in Washington.â€
Although, whoopsie, there does seems to be a Rove in the woodpile:
Excerpts from Justice Department e-mails
“As a political matter, each of our U.S. Attorneys has been recommended by one or more political leaders in their home State. I suspect that when push comes to shove, home-State Senators likely would resist wholesale (or even piecemeal) replacement of U.S. Attorneys they recommended (see Senator Hatch and the Utah U.S. Attorney). That said, if Karl [Rove] thinks there would be political will to do it, then so do I.”
In a Jan. 9, 2005, e-mail to deputy White House counsel David Leitch, responding to an inquiry from Karl Rove
“To execute this plan properly we must all be on the same page and be steeled to withstand any political upheaval that might result. . . . If we start caving to complaining U.S. Attorneys or Senators then we shouldn’t do it – it’ll be more trouble than it is worth.”
In a Nov. 15, 2006, e-mail to White House Counsel Harriet Miers and Deputy Counsel William Kelley
Meanwhile we see that Kyle Sampson is attempting a full court press to attempt to save his future as a “good soldier“:
Senator Charles Schumer said he thought it was â€œhighly unlikelyâ€ that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will survive the flap over the firing of U.S. attorneys last year â€“ maybe not even beyond the coming week.
The New York senator also revealed that D. Kyle Sampson, who resigned recently as Mr. Gonzalesâ€™s chief of staff after e-mails showed that he had helped orchestrate the firings, â€œreally wants to come forwardâ€ to testify.
But don’t expect a John Dean moment from Kyle:
Sampson’s attorney, Berenson, released a statement Friday defending his client, saying: “Kyle did not resign because he had misled anyone at the Justice Department or withheld information concerning the replacement of the U.S. Attorneys.
“He resigned because, as Chief of Staff, he felt he had let the Attorney General down in failing to appreciate the need for and organize a more effective response to the unfounded accusations that the replacements were improper.”
Well…. that’s the latest version. Here it is in the original German:
“Kyle did not resign because he had misled anyone at the Justice Department or withheld information concerning the replacement of the U.S. Attorneys. He resigned because, as Chief of Staff, he felt he had let the Attorney General down in failing to appreciate the need for and organize a more effective political response to the unfounded accusations of impropriety in the replacement process.
My emphasis. His, at one time, too…
(Added) Ooooo! More Sampson. Every day another shoe drops. Lately it’s friggin’ raining shoes.