The Purge

THE PURGE….Why did the Justice Department fire a bunch of U.S. Attorneys recently? Because they were too zealous in prosecuting Republican politicians? Maybe. Because the Bush administration wanted to reward one of Karl Rove’s ex-aides? Definitely. Because they were insufficiently gung-ho about indicting Democrats before last year’s midterm elections? That’s what one of them said today:

David Iglesias said two members of Congress separately called in mid October to inquire about the timing of an ongoing probe of a kickback scheme and appeared eager for an indictment to be issued on the eve of the elections in order to benefit the Republicans. He refused to name the members of Congress because he said he feared retaliation.

….Iglesias, who received a positive performance review before he was fired, said he suspected he was forced out because of his refusal to be pressured to hand down an indictment in the ongoing probe.

“I believe that because I didn’t play ball, so to speak, I was asked to resign,” said Iglesias, who officially stepped down Wednesday.

This scandal started out slowly, but it’s really been picking up steam as time goes by. Expect hearings soon.

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