To me though, the most upsetting thing about this man’s embattled tenure is still how unwilling many of my fellow Americans were to even admit that the allegations made about the firings of U.S. attorneys were troubling, if true. Instead, many people just treated us to endless repetitions of the utterly irrelevant point that the President can fire them at will.
Some things, I would hope, should cut across partisan politics. Whether you believed the allegations or not, the very idea of anyone pressuring U.S. attorney’s to file or drop specific lawsuits so as to coordinate with one party’s electoral strategies is a potentially very grave threat to the administration of federal justice. It’s flatly, unquestionably unethical. Deny the allegations if you think they have no merit. But don’t tell me that they are irrelevant.
And just to to re-iterate an earlier point, when you have, justifiably or not, a reputation for lying and/or omission, don’t you think it’s a bad idea to lie to your own spokesman for no discernible reason, especially as the penultimate act or your career?
Mr. Roehrkasse said Sunday afternoon that he had telephoned Mr. Gonzales about the reports circulating in Washington that a resignation was imminent, “and he said it wasn’t true, so I don’t know what more I can say.” (emphasis added)
At this point, he had already submitted his resignation two days prior.