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A coup in the Attorney General's Office?

Erick Erickson had a post at Red State over the weekend that provides some interesting insight into what's going on regarding the US attorney firings and AG Alberto Gonzales.

Let's be clear, no one is excited about Alberto Gonzales, but even a cursory reading of Jan Crawford Greenburg's book Supreme Conflict shows AGAG to not only be conservative, but also one of the people who kept, or at least tried to keep, the President from doing all sorts of dumb things -- including advising against the appointment of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.


Paul McNulty, on the other hand, wants to be Attorney General. I've been told by several highly reliable people that it is McNulty's office that is now leaking like a sieve everything they can find to cast the blame at the White House and Alberto Gonzales. It is McNulty who smeared the reputations of the eight fired U.S. Attorneys. It is McNulty who most likely added Kevin Ryan, a very popular and very competent U.S. Attorney in San Francisco, to the list of the fired. And McNulty is being aided an abetted by several career Democrats at Justice who President Bush should have fired when he came into office.

Let me put this bluntly: there is a coup going on at the Department of Justice. It has been fostered by career Democrats the President should have fired, but did not. It has now picked up momentum by a less than competent Deputy AG who has decided he can shove out his boss in a series of leaks and take his boss's job.

Erick posts today that the Washington Prowler is hearing the same thing:

The White House continues to struggle with the ongoing controversy over the Department of Justice's decision to push out eight U.S. Attorneys last December, in part because of leaks that continue over at the Department of Justice.


"Judge [Alberto] Gonzales is not being well served by people in senior positions over there, who perhaps see an opportunity to push him out the door to create opportunities for others," says a White House source.

When asked to be specific, the source declined, but others inside the White House and the DOJ suspect that the staff of Deputy Attorney General McNulty has been the most active, anti-Gonzales leakers in the past week.

"McNulty's crew has been pretty confident that they aren't going to get taken down in this whole mess. They have been acting downright cocky with me," says a reporter who works out of the Justice Department.

The White House has complained to the Justice Department about the release of documents and e-mails it has not seen or been made aware of. "Reporters are asking about things we've never seen," says another White House source. "It's just drip, drip, drip, and it's clearly an organized leaking effort."

Sources familiar with the staff of the Deputy Attorney General say its members believe he is in line to replace Gonzales as Attorney General at least on an interim basis, but that McNulty wants the job permanently.

"What's interesting is that when you look at the e-mail traffic from [former Gonzales chief of staff] Kyle Sampson on the plans to remove some U.S. Attorneys, McNulty is cc'd on a few of them. He clearly knew what was going on," says a Republican Senate Judiciary staffer. "We wonder why the media is giving him a break."

If AG Gonzales resigns, it's one more dent in the Bush Administration's armor, so of course the liberal media will encourage his resignation. Giving McNulty a pass just helps their cause.


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Comments (46)

McNulty? Who he?===... (Below threshold)
kim:

McNulty? Who he?
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I assume this information i... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

I assume this information is available to the White House and appropriate action can be taken. It is never too late for fire sales.

I jest of course. McNulty ... (Below threshold)
kim:

I jest of course. McNulty is one of the evil cabal with McCarthy and Comey. He has overplayed his hand, and will be gone.
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You notice Barney had Samps... (Below threshold)
kim:

You notice Barney had Sampson emails in his condemnation of Gonzales in previous threads. Yet another hit job, maybe foiled this time.
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Kudos, Kim! Nice to see tha... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Kudos, Kim! Nice to see that the dirty laundry isn't being stuffed back into the dresser drawers. Via the Prowler/Spectator link page, there is obviosly a simmering factional neocon battle for the true believers' hearts and...hearts. The establishments' attempt to foist the cypher, Libby apologist and toughguy imitator Fred Thompson on supposedly pliable PJ Media's Approved Republican Candidates poll is GOOD STUFF!

Oh what a shock. A (wing)nu... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

Oh what a shock. A (wing)nut favorite. Don't hold the man in charge responsible for anything gone wrong. Just shoot/smear the messenger(s). You (wing)nuts are so predictable and so lacking in intellectual honesty.

And more OT: it's obvious t... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

And more OT: it's obvious that the executives have been fancying themselves as everything their hand-picked yes-men pronounced them to be. What a fool believes! Apparently the eunuchs are now putting away pretense . Fortunately for W, he can remain in his golden cage. And instead of a bowstring, there's a dude ranch and a corporate board in his future.

From the <a href="http://ww... (Below threshold)

From the American Spectator link that Kim published:

Meanwhile, The American Spectator has learned that members of McNulty's staff are supporting the possible nomination to one of the vacant U.S. Attorney slots of a former government lawyer who had an affair with a colleague and now resides with not one, but two women in what some in the DAG's office have termed a "tri-sexual" relationship. "That residential situation would be adjusted if the name was put forward," says someone familiar with the thinking in McNulty's office.

It's good to see that we've got some "family values" Republicans on tap to fill the vacant US attorney slots!

From the linked article:</p... (Below threshold)
Lee:

From the linked article:

I've been told by several highly reliable people that it is McNulty's office that is now leaking like a sieve everything they can find to cast the blame at the White House and Alberto Gonzales. It is McNulty who smeared the reputations of the eight fired U.S. Attorneys. It is McNulty who most likely added Kevin Ryan, a very popular and very competent U.S. Attorney in San Francisco, to the list of the fired. And McNulty is being aided an abetted by several career Democrats at Justice who President Bush should have fired when he came into office.

Cite some unnamed sources then spin, spin, spin -- it's just more of the typical spin from the Republican lie machine. No proof, no emails, no interviews, nothing... HE HAS NOTHING!

Meanwhile there are smoking guns all over the White House lawn..

It's no surprise conservatives fall for this crap - you guys were dumb enough to vote for these clowns twice - and you lap up this kind of spin because the reality you face when you look yourself in the mirror and realize the mistakes you've made just hurts too much.

Blah, Blah, Blah, Bullshit!

Ummm..."career Democrats" i... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

Ummm..."career Democrats" in the Justice Department can't fire Gonzales. The AG, we are constantly reminded, "serves at the pleasure of the President."

I also note that, if WE know about what's (allegedly) going on in the Justice Department, the President certainly must know about it...and more. If he doesn't want to do what "career Democrats" in the Justice Department want him to do, he won't...

So who is Daddy going to se... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

So who is Daddy going to send over to pull sonny boys ass out of the fire this time?

It is McNulty who ... (Below threshold)
Publicus:
It is McNulty who smeared the reputations of the eight fired U.S. Attorneys. It is McNulty who most likely added Kevin Ryan, a very popular and very competent U.S. Attorney in San Francisco, to the list of the fired.

First, McNulty is a Republican who was nominated for his position by George W. Bush. Secondly, if he's implicated in all the hoopla over the firing of the U.S. attorneys, don't you think he's an unlikely choice for any Gonzales successor?

Sounds like about 50 top of... (Below threshold)
John S:

Sounds like about 50 top officials need to be fired at DoJ. Then we can put Ann Coulter in charge.

Hey is Dick Thornburgh stil... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Hey is Dick Thornburgh still alive?

I've been told by several h... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I've been told by several highly reliable people that Gonzales is being taken down by a Cuban/CIA/Mafia/Commie/Hippy/Secularist/Dhimmi/Surrender-Monkey/Moonbat conspiracy to get Cindy Sheehan placed as the next Attorney General.

Hmmm, wait, who is this McNulty Fella?

Before becoming U.S. Attorney, Mr. McNulty directed President Bush's transition team for the Department of Justice and then served as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. In the prior Bush Administration, Mr. McNulty was the Justice Department's director of policy and its chief spokesman.

Mr. McNulty has over 12 years of experience in the United States Congress. He was Chief Counsel and Director of Legislative Operations for the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Obviously in league with the Democrats.

From Politico:Amon... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

From Politico:

Among the names floated Monday by administration officials are Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and White House anti-terrorism coordinator Frances Townsend. Former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson is a White House prospect. So is former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson, but sources were unsure whether he would want the job.

McNulty ain't going anywher... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

McNulty ain't going anywhere.

You don't get to AG by knee-capping the President's friend and AG.

McNulty's the one who lied to Congress, most likely. He's gone, for sure. Probably along with Al.

How laughable. Ole Kim is ... (Below threshold)
fea nicks:

How laughable. Ole Kim is out w/ the spin.

This corrupt little P.O.S. Gonzales is of the same league as his benefactor, the Chimp-in-chief. None of the principlals in this Bush regime is even fit to shovel shit in an elephant parade.

Bwahahahahahahaha!

I liked the old way better.... (Below threshold)
Actual:

I liked the old way better. One trip to Ft. Marcy Park. Problem solved.

Damn, smell the blood in th... (Below threshold)
Allen:

Damn, smell the blood in the water, the sharks are gathering, and by GOD, it's Clinton's fault, so there it is. End of story.

Sounds like the poor Demo's are picking on the Repug's, especially at the time they the repug's are eating their own.

Looks like the oversight committees are getting people worried, and if the oversight committees were/had been doing their job for the last 6 years, this BS would not be happening now.

The White House has comp... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The White House has complained to the Justice Department about the release of documents and e-mails it has not seen or been made aware of. "Reporters are asking about things we've never seen," says another White House source. "It's just drip, drip, drip, and it's clearly an organized leaking effort."

Umm, isn't the White House against leakers? Don't they prosecute them? Don't they start investigations to root them out? Aren't leakers traitors who deserve to be hanged? Why hasn't Bush called for an official investigation? Where are the outraged Republicans when you need them? Or is leaking now OK... again?

Actual: Funny! And under th... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Actual: Funny! And under the "Patriot" Act the Fort Marcy Park Experience can be had by so many more! As foolish as Bush is, Hillary would be a Terror with the expanded executive scope of action the neo-trolls imagined they'd have all to themselves! O, fickle finger of Fate!

It's good to see that w... (Below threshold)
marc:

It's good to see that we've got some "family values" Republicans on tap to fill the vacant US attorney slots!Posted by: Larkin

If, a big if at this point, McNulty is really behind a palace coop at DoJ wouldn't that be the family values of a political turncoat looking to "steal" someone else's job and not living by what is generally regarded as "family values?"


In other words Larkin your comment is mostly meaningless and just a cheap shot.

marc,In other word... (Below threshold)
Mike:

marc,

In other words Larkin your comment is mostly meaningless and just a cheap shot.
Posted by: marc at March 19, 2007 09:14 PM

Cheap shot? The Republican Party is the party of Family Values, Newt said so. So some guy is servicing two women, wow, lucky SOB. The repug's should be giving him a medal for doing that, right?

But Clinton gets a BJ, and you repug's are jealous that you didn't. So quit crying about cheap shots, stand up for the man, and if you know him, ask him how he's doing it. Must be close to Rush, vigara, drugs, little boys in the Dominion Republic, shit, lets find out how he's doing it, not that he's doing it.

When you find out, please post it for all the males that read the comments on this post, OK?

Brian,The man in c... (Below threshold)
Allen:

Brian,

The man in charge of White House Security has stated, under oath, in front of a oversight committee, his office has never done any investigation of any leaks. And you want them to change their ways?

Man, I need some of the prescription drugs you're on if you think they will do any investigation, and leaks have always been ok, if it helps Karl's way of deflecting any blame to him or the President. But first and foremost, never forget that this is Clinton's fault.

Damn, the cockroaches are o... (Below threshold)

Damn, the cockroaches are out in full force tonight...what's the matter, you guys get closed out on some other libtard tree house so you come and infest this place now?

Steve, excellent reposne. Y... (Below threshold)
ChrisO:

Steve, excellent reposne. Your in depth response to the points raised was absolutely breathtaking.

When you find out, plea... (Below threshold)
marc:

When you find out, please post it for all the males that read the comments on this post, OK?
Posted by: Mike at March 19, 2007 09:23 PM

ZOOOOOM.... better check the top of your head to ensure my post skimming over your comprehension level didn't leave tracks on your skull.

And when completed with that please point out where in that post I condoned any of the behavior associated with the story.

Well Chris, it's hard to ar... (Below threshold)

Well Chris, it's hard to argue with such irrational bugs like yourself. Every single of you find some new spectacular way to detach yourself from reality and stick your fingers in your ears.

Allan:The man ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Allan:

The man in charge of White House Security has stated, under oath, in front of a oversight committee, his office has never done any investigation of any leaks. And you want them to change their ways?

You have been riding that dead horse til the sweat pools under it resemble Gore's raising tides.

But as long as you're "in that saddle" prechance you can explain the political and financial sense in Bush duplicating an ongoing SP (ending in Fitzmas for you and others) investigation that ran up bill in the millions.

hmmm..Kim you quote a place... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

hmmm..Kim you quote a place called "Red State"? Ya know before the Soviet Union Collapsed they were a RED State..why are you a communist?...I reject your
your source..America..Love it or go back to Moscow...

It just struck me that nogo... (Below threshold)
epador:

It just struck me that nogo and Lee remind oh so much of Lord of the Flies. Jack and Roger to be exact.

Well, so far Steve has call... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Well, so far Steve has called the opposition "cockroaches" and "bugs", but has not yet expressed one cogent thought. Steve, are you trying out for the jhow66 stand-in job?

Marc said,You have b... (Below threshold)
Allen:

Marc said,
You have been riding that dead horse til the sweat pools under it resemble Gore's raising tides.

Whats wrong Marc, I'm just doing what you do with the dead horse about Clinton. Can't handle it, huh? And how many millions did the Repug's spend on the investigation of Clinton? Hell of lot more than Fitz spent, but you forgot that part, huh?

Let's see, investigate crim... (Below threshold)
Just Saying:

Let's see, investigate crimes against Democrats that don't exist and obstruct investigations against corrupt Republican cronies...nothing to see here folks.

You Bushies crack me up.

PS
I use the term "Bushies", because you guys ceased to be conservatives a long time ago.

Allen:Whats wr... (Below threshold)
marc:

Allen:

Whats wrong Marc, I'm just doing what you do with the dead horse about Clinton. Can't handle it, huh? And how many millions did the Repug's spend on the investigation of Clinton? Hell of lot more than Fitz spent, but you forgot that part, huh?
Posted by: Allen at March 19, 2007 11:51 PM

I couldn't tell you how much it cost, but I bet you can.

How many "Clinton dead horses" have I beaten Allen, got a number?

And I still await a cognizant answer why it would make anything close to common sense to waste time and money on a duplicate investigation.

They're just pissed 'cuz Mc... (Below threshold)
kim:

They're just pissed 'cuz McNulty overplayed his hand and showed whose team he is on.
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Have you noticed how the di... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Have you noticed how the dimmers or lefties have no persuasive arguing skills? Their comments are like they were written by a 12 year old. Full of invective and no substance. Pathetic. ww

Besides the general decay o... (Below threshold)
kim:

Besides the general decay of rhetoric in our institutions of higher learning at least possibly due to the degenerate power structures of academia, I've really come to suspect that the perverting power of Soros's money is beginning to tell. I'm constantly running into leftists who will push an agenda or an argument past all reason, sometimes even being cynical about it.

Soros's Apprentices. Forgive them, for they know not what they do.
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That cynicism. That's got ... (Below threshold)
kim:

That cynicism. That's got to be tough on morale. That stuff ages interestingly.
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It's sort of liking abortin... (Below threshold)
kim:

It's sort of liking aborting the truth so you don't have to rear its ugly head.

Ooh, I like that one.
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See AJ's Strata-Sphere abou... (Below threshold)
kim:

See AJ's Strata-Sphere about McNulty.
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I have a question, what do... (Below threshold)
Gerry:

I have a question, what does Justice have to do with politics? Should we look at the the idea that US attorneys should be non political? I think that maybe we should bring back Ken Starr to look in to this

Gerry, it is necessary for ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Gerry, it is necessary for an executive to have policy control over his prosecutors in order to carry out his sworn duty to enforce the laws. The judicial branch, the Supreme and federal judiciary should be independent of political influence, but not the Department of Justice. Why else go to the polls?
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Kim,It seems that ... (Below threshold)
Gerry:

Kim,

It seems that it is open to selective prosicution and buckling under the boss if they want to keep their jobs. And I question if the courts are not politically influenced, they are appointed after all. I think that MOST want to do what is right and should not have to worry about if it makes anyone other than the AG happy. If the facts come out that they where ask to prosecute based on political party they belong to heads should roll from the top down. Most of this country is sick of party politics, justice has no place in politics. Thanks for your responce.

Gerry, the judges should be... (Below threshold)
kim:

Gerry, the judges should be above political influence, but the founding fathers granted political control over prosecution to the executive branch in order to allow it to carry out its sworn duty to enforce the law and to allow the people input to the justice process after the laws are made. It is in fact a liberal argument that the Department of Justice be subject to policy control by the Executive.

See all the liberal arguments against Sen. Sam Ervin's proposal to put the US Attorneys beyond political control.

Also, understand the Constitution. Much of this mishegos is because people are confusing the constitutional role of the Judicial branch with the role of the Department of Justice, a part of the Executive branch. Democrats, shortsightedly, are deliberately confounding this distinction.

Well, maybe they aren't so short-sighted. Maybe those who don't remember that Clinton fired 93 to get rid of 2 are the short-sighted ones.
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