So it turns out that Fitzgerald was on the list of possible "to fires." Fitzgerald Ranked During Leak Case
U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was ranked among prosecutors who had "not distinguished themselves" on a Justice Department chart sent to the White House in March 2005, when he was in the midst of leading the CIA leak investigation that resulted in the perjury conviction of a vice presidential aide, administration officials said yesterday.Is anyone surprised by this? Let's put this idea that any of this was Abu's big idea to bed. This is pure Rove. As Wayne Slater said last week, Rove was obsessed by these corruption trials and felt like they cost the GOP the 2006 election. He was determined to make sure it didn't happen again in 2008.
The ranking placed Fitzgerald below "strong U.S. Attorneys . . . who exhibited loyalty" to the administration but above "weak U.S. Attorneys who . . . chafed against Administration initiatives, etc.," according to Justice documents.
The chart was the first step in an effort to identify U.S. attorneys who should be removed. Two prosecutors who received the same ranking as Fitzgerald were later fired, documents show.
This entire enterprise was orchestrated from Rove's office from the get-go. Unfortunately for them, the fired prosecutors aren't going along with the little scheme of having their careers and reputations sacrificed on the altar of GOP plans of eternal domination.
And guess who's going to be the fall guy for this little scheme?
Dear Abu, it sucks to be you, eh? All the best, 4lg