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Brad Schlozman testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2007. According to the Justice Department investigation, Schlozman bragged about hiring real Americans. AP

Brad Schlozman testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2007. According to the Justice Department investigation, Schlozman bragged about hiring "real Americans." AP

A U.S. Attorney is a political job, appointed by the President and subject to confirmation by the Senate. In March of 2006, President Bush signed into law the Patriot Act, which changed procedures. In effect, his Attorney General could now appoint an interim U.S. Attorney. As long as the President didn’t nominate anyone else for the position, this interim appointee could remain indefinitely. Good-by checks and balances. 

Now, this wouldn’t be such a big deal, except a U.S. Attorney decides who is prosecuted in his District and for what crimes. If, for example, there is a tight Senate race in Missouri, and ACORN is out there registering voters or whatever, the U.S. Attorney could announce voter fraud indictments just before the election. This just might have an impact on the election. George Bush certainly knows the value of a helping hand when it comes to close elections.

Bradley Scholzman was acting head of the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department under Roberto Gonzalez, who appointed him interim U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. He replaced Todd Graves, who confirmed that he had been forced out by the Department of Justice and had not departed on his own initiative.

A Justice Department investigation has concluded that Schlozman  illegally hired attorneys based on partisan credentials and then lied about his actions to Congress. The report quotes e-mails to colleagues in which Schlozman called civil rights attorneys “pinkos” and “commies.” He bragged about hiring “real Americans” and “bitch-slapping a bunch of attorneys” he perceived as liberal. In one voice mail to a colleague, Schlozman tried to justify hiring people with no record of civil rights experience. “I just want to make sure we don’t start confining ourselves to, you know, politburo members because they happen to be a member of some, you know, psychopathic left-wing organization designed to overthrow the government,” Schlozman said.

Schlozman’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, cautioned, “Let’s not confuse inartful comments with breaking the law.” Yeah, and let’s not Bradley Schlozman with a lab rat. There are some things a lab rat won’t do, even for the President.

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Ernesta


Ernesta

Originally uploaded by Cartocci

I didn’t add this to my favorites because it wasn’t in today’s “interestingness” photographs. But this is a terrific portrait of an older person. It is honest, and doesn’t try to be anything else. Beauty over glamor.

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