Alberto Gonzales Stands By Firing of Seattle Prosecutor

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today defended the firing of Seattle U.S. Attorney John McKay, even though a month before the firing, his Chief of Staff, Kyle Sampson, wrote e-mails to the White House Counsel's office urging support for McKay to be named a federal judge, saying "it's highly unlikely that we could do better."

Check the double speak. All of a sudden, Gonzales claims what Sampson writes is "just the opinion of one person."

"That doesn't represent the views of the department, nor does it represent my view," Gonzales said.

So now we have an Attorney General who allowed a loose cannon shooting off his mouth to serve as his Chief of Staff? What does that say about his leadership?

Update: Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake predicts things are going to get worse for the White House in this scandal.

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    What does that say about his leadership? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Edger on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 05:38:11 PM EST
    Gonzales claims what Sampson writes is "just the opinion of one person."
    Gonzales doesn't have much respect for his own ability to choose a Chief of Staff? Or a US Attorney?

    It's ok, Al.

    Ahem... You're not alone.

    they're ALREADY getting worse (none / 0) (#2)
    by profmarcus on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 05:44:09 PM EST
    mcclatchy is doing yeoman's work in digging into the squirmy uglies of the justice department scandal... they've connected the firings and the respective states to rove's speech last year to the nat'l republican lawyers assn...
    "Last April, while the Justice Department and the White House were planning the firings, Rove gave a speech in Washington to the Republican National Lawyers Association," McClatchy reports. "He ticked off 11 states that he said could be pivotal in 2008. Bush has appointed new U.S. attorneys in nine of them since 2005: Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico. U.S. attorneys in the latter four were among those fired."

    And, yes, I DO take it personally