According to Senate Judiciary sources, committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy has asked his Democratic attorneys to examine whether Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty’s chief of staff, Michael J. Elston — by calling one of the outgoing U.S. Attorneys and discouraging him from speaking too negatively about the events — might have attempted to obstruct the House and Senate’s investigations of the U.S. Attorney firings. Elston has disputed that the calls were threatening.
The Republican staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, is looking into improper sharing of Department of Justice personnel records by career DOJ employees with members of the legal community.
“We’ve seen evidence that some state and federal judges with ties to the Democrat Party were given personnel and performance review materials about certain U.S. Attorneys across the country,” says a Judiciary Committee staffer. “Some of the review materials were never seen by the Attorney General and his staff, but were reviewed within the Deputy Attorney General’s office, as well as by professional staff at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. [The leaks were] clearly part of a campaign to embarrass the U.S. Attorneys.”
Meanwhile, The American Spectator has learned that members of McNulty’s staff are supporting the possible nomination to one of the vacant U.S. Attorney slots of a former government lawyer who had an affair with a colleague and now resides with not one, but two women in what some in the DAG’s office have termed a “tri-sexual” relationship.
“That residential situation would be adjusted if the name was put forward,” says someone familiar with the thinking in McNulty’s office.
The White House continues to struggle with the ongoing controversy over the Department of Justice’s decision to push out eight U.S. Attorneys last December, in part because of leaks that continue over at the Department of Justice.
“Judge [Alberto] Gonzales is not being well served by people in senior positions over there, who perhaps see an opportunity to push him out the door to create opportunities for others,” says a White House source.
When asked to be specific, the source declined, but others inside the White House and the DOJ suspect that the staff of Deputy Attorney General McNulty has been the most active, anti-Gonzales leakers in the past week.
“McNulty’s crew has been pretty confident that they aren’t going to get taken down in this whole mess. They have been acting downright cocky with me,” says a reporter who works out of the Justice Department.
The White House has complained to the Justice Department about the release of documents and e-mails it has not seen or been made aware of. “Reporters are asking about things we’ve never seen,” says another White House source. “It’s just drip, drip, drip, and it’s clearly an organized leaking effort.”
Sources familiar with the staff of the Deputy Attorney General say its members believe he is in line to replace Gonzales as Attorney General at least on an interim basis, but that McNulty wants the job permanently.
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H/T to National Review Online