Changing the Guard

CHANGING THE GUARD….It’s almost painful to have to respond to the moronic “Clinton did it too!” talking point on fired U.S. Attorneys, but just for the record, here are the facts about new administrations bringing in their own slate of prosecutors:

Historical data compiled by the Senate show the pattern going back to President Reagan.

Reagan replaced 89 of the 93 U.S. attorneys in his first two years in office. President Clinton had 89 new U.S. attorneys in his first two years, and President Bush had 88 new U.S. attorneys in his first two years.

In emails released earlier this week, Kyle Sampson and Paul McNulty acknowledged that both Bush and Clinton brought in a new team of U.S. attorneys within a few months of taking office. So did other presidents. The contrary suggestion that Clinton had done something unprecedented originated with a too-clever-by-half DOJ flak and gained currency by bouncing around among the usual suspects: talk radio, Drudge, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and assorted TV shills. It’s time for everyone to stop pretending that it’s anything more than a cynical talking point that even its inventors knew perfectly well was groundless.