From CROOKS & LIARS:
From the moment he entered the White House, President Obama’s attitude towards the crime, corruption and politicization of the Bush Justice Department has been to “look forward and not backwards.” As we’ve seen for the third time in just the last several days, that’s working out just fine for the Bush lawyers.
On Wednesday, prosecutor Nora Dannehy [assigned by Gonzales’ successor Michael Mukasey] announced she would bring no charges against Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, Monica Goodling or any of the key players behind the purge of 9 U.S. attorneys.
That scandal, part of a larger effort to target Democratic politicians and suppress Democratic voter turnout, will go unpunished despite the key roles of Rove and Miers, and the apparent perjury of former Attorney General Gonzales.
That slap on the wrist for the Bush legal team followed another this week. Scott Bloch, the disgraced Bush DOJ lawyer convicted for withholding information from Congress about files that he ordered be erased from office computers, will likely be given probation. While ethics advocates like Debra Katz of the Government Accountability Project argued probation for Bloch “understates the true scope and impact” of his crimes and “would represent a miscarriage of justice,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Leon apparently had no issue with it […]
While Scott Bloch for now is still practicing law, Bush torture team architect Jay Bybee sits as a judge on a federal court. Among other things, Bybee, as you’ll recall, affixed his name to the August 2002 memo largely authored by Office Legal Counsel rubber stamp John Yoo, a document which proclaimed that torture “must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death.”
As for Alberto Gonzales, his lawyer George Terwilliger said his critics “owe him an apology.” Gonzales, whose comical selective amnesia under Congressional questioning included the classic, “Senator, that I don’t recall remembering,” like Bybee has only one regret. As he acknowledged to Esquire in December, Gonzales’ real lament about the U.S. attorney firings is that the Bush White House wasn’t political enough. After the Republican losses in the 2006 midterm elections, Gonzales suggested, the Bush administration’s error was that it simply couldn’t get away it:
“We should have abandoned the idea of removing the U. S. attorneys once the Democrats took the Senate. Because at that point we could really not count on Republicans to cut off investigations or help us at all with investigations. […]
Now, of course, it appears Alberto Gonzales did get away with it.