DOJ Exonerates Bush Officials Of Criminal Intent In Attorneys' Firing
July 29, 2010 by Personal Liberty News Desk
One of the longest-running political controversies surrounding the Bush administration appears to be coming to an end as an internal Justice Department investigation (DOJ) revealed that the firing of nine United States attorneys in 2006 was not criminal.
However, the DOJ panel, headed by Nora Dannehy, an assistant U.S. attorney from Connecticut, concluded that the actions were “inappropriate” and politically motivated, casting a shadow on the administration’s legacy.
"Evidence did not demonstrate that any prosecutable criminal offense was committed with regard to the removal of [the prosecutors]," the DOJ letter to lawmakers stated.
However, it made a reference to "an undue sensitivity to politics on the part of DOJ officials who should answer not to partisan politics but to principles of fairness and justice.”
The scandal, which began with the firing of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, who was accused by the head of New Mexico’s Republican Party of being too lenient about voter fraud, led to the resignation of the then U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
In an interview with CNN after the announcement, Gonzales said he was satisfied with the decision, but also angry that he and his family had to go through this process.