Representative Conyers ridiculed the need to read 1000-plus pages of the Healthcare Reform Bill, but has presented thousands of pages of congressional investigations indicting the Bush Administration for the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys.
Conyers, invoking the neo-con bugaboo Karl Rove, claimed political intrigue from the highest levels of government conspired to remove the attorneys who weren’t loyal to the Republican administration.
“Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, said there is no proof his client was involved in putting together a list of federal prosecutors to be fired. Luskin said it is old news that Rove passed on complaints about Iglesias to the Justice Department.”
It is a fact that U.S. Attorneys are employees in a principle:agency relationship. Respondeat superior applies, and when agents fail to represent the principle they are summarily dismissed . . . fired.
President Clinton wanted loyal attorneys, so he fired all of them and hired his own. Some say he wanted to hide the fact he was targeting a few specific U.S. Attorneys. There were no years of congressional investigation and midnight hearings.
Why is the David Iglesias case different?
One; the heat put on the Bush administration was to attack Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzalez. The constant barrage may have contributed to Gonzalez and Rove resigning to take political and legal heat off the Bush administration.
Two; constant media coverage put Republican Senator Pete Domenici and Congresswoman Heather Wilson on the defensive. They both were replaced by Democrats, and New Mexico is now represented in congress only by Democrats.
But, is David Iglesias the innocent angel he claims to be?
Was his firing without cause and merely political?
When 3000 (10% of Bernalillo County registrations) invalid ‘third-party’ voter registrations were brought to public attention by Republicans (can you say ACORN?), an argument over disenfranchisement of legal voters by a flood of unverified registrations and the requirement to show ID before voting resulted in a ruling favoring the indigent voter with no valid ID.
Losing to a liberalized interpretation of lawful voter registration was a serious concern, considering a possible 10% swing of voter base to the Democrats based on questionable or outright fraudulent first time voter registrations.
The Republicans demanded an investigation, and David Iglesias was the U.S. Attorney assigned to the task. After spending $100,000, Iglesias claimed that no indictable cases were prosecutable and closed the office. Republicans were furious.
“Iglesias established an election fraud task force in September 2004 and spent more than two months probing claims of widespread voter fraud in his state. He said he fully expected to uncover instances of voter fraud based on numerous stories that appeared in New Mexico media that said minors received voter registration forms and that “a large number” of voter registration forms turned up during the course of a drug raid.”
“Due to the high volume of suspected criminal activity, I believed there to be a strong likelihood of uncovering prosecutable cases,” Iglesias said. “I also reviewed the hard copy file from the last voter fraud case my office had prosecuted which dated back to 1992.
My intention was to file prosecutions in order to send a message that voter fraud or election fraud would not be tolerated in the District of New Mexico.”
“After examining the evidence, and in conjunction with the Justice Department Election Crimes Unit and the FBI, I could not find any cases I could prosecute beyond a reasonable doubt,” Iglesias said in an interview. “Accordingly, I did not authorize any voter fraud related prosecutions.”
In an attempt to verify registrations, the Republicans (lacking the foot soldiers of ACORN) sent registered mail to check for valid delivery. Democrats accused Republicans of the illegal practice of ‘caging’ in order to eliminate ‘poor’ voters. The Republicans pulled back and ceased the mailing campaign.
Iglesias took the side of the Democrats and failed to produce any indictments in the face of thousands of questionable first time voter registrations. The Republicans were furious and complaints went up the line all the way to President Bush and Roberto Gonzales.
David Iglesias was fired.
I had some dealings with ACORN at this time. They had many operatives, poor, almost street-people with no local home address. They were housed communally in a two-story house off Montgomery Blvd. NE. The neighborhood was upper middle-class. It was a large house and the yard horribly unkempt. Weeds had taken over.
The workers reminded me more of itinerate magazine subscription salespeople, knocking on doors throughout neighborhoods and apartment complexes. They solicited at grocery stores with their clipboards. One almost got into a fight with me . . . words were exchanged. He knew I wouldn’t respond to his crude retorts, being stationed right in front of the Metropolitan Courthouse.
The Republicans have nothing like this, but the attempt to rush through nationalization of healthcare has normal working folk up in arms, so to speak.
David Iglesias had the opportunity to expose and indict ACORN, and didn’t. For this reason, he was fired, period.