stockingfull wrote:coalmeister wrote:gerard wrote:Also all of these prosecutorial offices, both state AND federal, that are headed by political appointee's, have as the rank and file people of both parties who are career people and it is those people who do the actual investigation and put the case together.devil505 wrote:Not true under the current administration. Career workers were fired & new one hired based on political & religion tests, not merit. There have been many Senate hearing looking into this. (I'll get you some links when I have more time)
A number of US Attornys have been fired under very questionable circumstances too!
Only difference is Clinton fired them all upfront!
FWIW, that's a HUGE and unprecedented difference. DOJ is different from other departments. While it's actually customary for an entirely new corps of US Attys to come in with every new Administration, it's decidedly NOT for them to be fired for not doing the Administration's political bidding.
The politicization of Justice was just one of the many areas in which unprecedented power grabs were undertaken by Dick Cheney and the boyz in the "Unitary Executive" push. The systemic defiance of "signing statements," the exploded police powers conferred by the "USA Patriot Act," the ambiguous legal status of the VP, and just now the carte blanche given to Treasury on the "TARP" -- all these are examples of strains on the checks and balances between the branches.
If anybody thinks these ballooned powers are good things, imagine a President you really don't like having them and using them against you.
So you are saying GW should have started with a clean slate of attorneys that were hand picked to do his bidding from the start, like Clinton, instead of waiting?