Sen. Patrick Leahy, by not unexpected contrast, has gone out of his way to make life miserable for the Department of Justice, from a seemingly infinite number of query letters to DOJ staff for minor bits of information that his staff then leaks to the media before the letters even arrive on Justice fax machines, to his abusive treatment of Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales. For some time Leahy had also been agitating for a detailee from the Department to be added to his Senate staff (a common enough practice among federal agencies and congressional offices).
Last week the Department gave him one, Robin Ashton, deputy director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. The EOUSA oversees day to day management issues related to the 90-plus U.S. Attorney Offices across the country. Ashton was said by DOJ insiders to be a high-performing professional, but was not politically in tune with newer Republicans staffers to the EOUSA.
Ashton’s loss may be the EOUSA’s gain in the short run, but Republicans inside DOJ are concerned that now that she is freed from any sense of loyalty to her Department, she has inside information about the Bush Administration, potential dirt on U.S. Attorneys, as well as operational details about criminal and civil cases related to terrorism and corporate fraud.
“They never should have let her go, no matter how much she may have clashed,” says a Senate Judiciary Committee staffer. “This is going to come back and hurt us. Maybe not on Roberts, but I bet Leahy is all over her and what she has in the mental databases.”p> LONG SHOTS br> Sen. Hillary Clinton ‘s opposition research goons have already begun poring over the tax fraud prosecutions of Westchester County district attorney
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In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?