Tuesday, March 20, 2007

More Clinton Hypocrisy

She should be so honest. It seems Hillary wants to jump on the bandwagon regarding the absurd controversy over the firing of 8 U.S. attorneys by the Bush Administration.

Firing U.S. attorney's is certainly something she knows about, seeing as the Clinton's fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys in March 1993. It's an event worth revisiting, as this recent piece from the Wall St. OpinionJournal does. An excerpt:

The Hubbell Standard
Hillary Clinton knows all about sacking U.S. Attorneys.

Congressional Democrats are in full cry over the news this week that the Administration's decision to fire eight U.S. Attorneys originated from--gasp--the White House. Senator Hillary Clinton joined the fun yesterday, blaming President Bush for "the politicization of our prosecutorial system." Oh, my.

As it happens, Mrs. Clinton is just the Senator to walk point on this issue of dismissing U.S. attorneys because she has direct personal experience. In any Congressional probe of the matter, we'd suggest she call herself as the first witness--and bring along Webster Hubbell as her chief counsel.

As everyone once knew but has tried to forget, Mr. Hubbell was a former partner of Mrs. Clinton at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock who later went to jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also Bill and Hillary Clinton's choice as Associate Attorney General in the Justice Department when Janet Reno, his nominal superior, simultaneously fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys in March 1993. Ms. Reno--or Mr. Hubbell--gave them 10 days to move out of their offices.

At the time, President Clinton presented the move as something perfectly ordinary: "All those people are routinely replaced," he told reporters, "and I have not done anything differently." In fact, the dismissals were unprecedented: Previous Presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, had both retained holdovers from the previous Administration and only replaced them gradually as their tenures expired. This allowed continuity of leadership within the U.S. Attorney offices during the transition.

Equally extraordinary were the politics at play in the firings. At the time, Jay Stephens, then U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, was investigating then Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, and was "within 30 days" of making a decision on an indictment. Mr. Rostenkowski, who was shepherding the Clinton's economic program through Congress, eventually went to jail on mail fraud charges and was later pardoned by Mr. Clinton.

Also at the time, allegations concerning some of the Clintons' Whitewater dealings were coming to a head. By dismissing all 93 U.S. Attorneys at once, the Clintons conveniently cleared the decks to appoint "Friend of Bill" Paula Casey as the U.S. Attorney for Little Rock. Ms. Casey never did bring any big Whitewater indictments, and she rejected information from another FOB, David Hale, on the business practices of the Arkansas elite including Mr. Clinton. When it comes to "politicizing" Justice, in short, the Bush White House is full of amateurs compared to the Clintons. [...]

(bold emphasis mine) The MSM sure gave them a free ride on that! And now, they want to make a drama over the firing of 8 attorneys, who refused or failed to pursue investigations of Democrat voter fraud?

Politicizing Justice? Yes Hillary, you and the MSM.


Anonymous said...

President Bush should have immediately made the statement similar to:

"These appointments are "In the Pleasure of the President." Unlike the previous administration and their "knee-jerk" "surface" reaction - We took the time to actually research in order to release only 8 people - accepting the service of all others appointed "at the pleasure" and their dedication to our country!"

IF President Bush stated something like that (hopefully in a much more professional manner) - there could be no challenge!

Chas said...

The MSM and certain Dems want to create the image of non-stop scandals surrounding the President and the Republicans generally, right up to the 2008 elections.

They will continue to manufacture scandals out of non-issues, as long as the White House and the Republicans just keeps whining about their innocence, instead of fighting back.

I agree that Bush needs to stand up to them. If he doesn't, they will just keep piling on more crap, because no one will counter them with FACTS and put them in their place.

Where is our cowboy? He needs to kick some butt.

Anonymous said...

Did Bush Firing Of Attorney Have To Do With Turning A Blind Eye To A Pedophile?

People In Washington State Are Wondering.


Perhaps there are reasons behind why Bush fired these people. Perhaps these people are not as innocent as the Democrats are trying to portray them as being.

Dionne said...

I used the same cartoon in my post :-)!!