White House Moved Swiftly to Replace US Attorneys

Okay, so we already know that the White House has now taken the unprecedented step of firing at least four and likely seven US Attorneys in the middle of their terms of office — at least some of whom are in the midst of corruption investigations of Bush administration officials and key Republican lawmakers. We also know that they’re taking advantage of a handy provision of the USA Patriot Act that allows the White House to replace these fired USAs with appointees who don’t need to be approved by the senate.

Given that these new USAs are being plopped into offices currently investigating Republicans and other administration officials and others into states with 2008 presidential candidates, there’s certainly ample opportunity for mischief.

So we’re looking into just how the White House is appointing.

Well, let’s start with the estimable J. Timothy Griffin, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas since December 20th.

read the full article on Talking Points Memo.

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