The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.
A campaign to oust Iglesias intensified after state party officials and GOP members of the congressional delegation apparently concluded he was not pursuing the cases against Democrats in a way that would help then-Rep. Heather Wilson in a tight reelection race in New Mexico, according to interviews and Bush White House e-mails released Tuesday by congressional investigators. The documents place the genesis of Iglesias's dismissal earlier than previously known.
The disclosures mark the end of a 2 1/2 year investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, which sued to gain access to Bush White House documents in a dispute that struck at the heart of a president's executive power. House members have reserved the right to hold a public hearing this fall at which Rove, Miers, and other aides could appear.
House Judiciary Chairman John M. Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) on Tuesday characterized the role of Bush White House figures in the firing episode as improper and inappropriate.
Let's see, what did I write way back when this investigation was first launched in early 2007?
By now, it should be completely obvious to anyone without a political bent that the DOJ was blatantly politicized so as to serve the interests of the Republican Party. I predict with 100% confidence that any further revelations brought about the Congressional investigations will only provide more evidence of that fact.
I'm pretty much willing to put my predictive powers up against those of your typical right-winger just about any day.
UPDATE: This Politico headline makes things a little clearer: "Karl Rove key to New Mexico attorney firing." It also appears that the only reason we're hearing about Rove and Harriet Mier's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee is because Rove apparently violated terms of an agreement with the Comm. that would keep his testimony unreleased, by downplaying his role in the firings to the media. Oops.