Republicans: Government is fiefdom for "loyal Bushies"
"The distinction between 'political' and 'performance-related' reasons for removing a United States attorney is, in my view, largely artificial," Kyle Sampson told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
R-i-i-g-h-t. All perfectly normal:
Because, for a Republican, allowing Republicans to get away with corruption, and ginning up fake "voter fraud" allegations against Democrats is exactly the performance they want.
Talk about defining deviancy down!
And no wonder they can't run a government.
NOTE What this proves is that every political appointee put in place by the administration, and every policy decision they've made, is automatically suspect. All of them, at this point, are guilty until proven innocent.
UPDATE VastLeft adds more damning detail. MSNBC:
"A U.S. attorney who is unsuccessful from a political perspective ... is unsuccessful," he added.
They don't show any shame, do they? Hey, somebody should ask Abu G if he shares Sampson's perspective and, if so, whether Fitz was a "successful" prosecutor.
UPDATE And they're all in on it:
[SAMPSON] "But the decision to ask them to do so was the result of an internal process that aggregated the considered, collective judgment of a number of senior Justice Department officials."
UPDATE "Highly improper"? Can't the Dems come up with a better talking point than that?
UPDATE Miers and Gonzales signed off:
"The decision makers in this case were the attorney general and the counsel to the president," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
So, the Decider didn't decide? And the attorneys serve at the pleasure of Gonzales and Miers? Because if Bush didn't sign off, that's what Sampson is saying.
And let's remember that Sampson is already a known liar:
The Feb. 23 letter, which was written by Sampson but signed by Hertling, emphatically stated that "the department is not aware of Karl Rove playing any role in the decision to appoint Mr. Griffin." It also said that "the Department of Justice is not aware of anyone lobbying, either inside or outside of the administration, for Mr. Griffin's appointment."
Those assertions are contradicted by e-mails from Sampson to a White House aide, saying that getting Griffin appointed "was important to Harriet, Karl, etc." Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers was among the first people to suggest Griffin as a replacement for Cummins.
Too bad Sampson and his family are devastated, but lying to Congress will do that.