Wednesday, February 11, 2009

NM in the news (still)

From Think Progress:
Domenici’s records subpoenaed in U.S. attorneys probe.
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the records of former New Mexico senator Pete Domenici (R) as part of an investigation into whether “former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, other Bush administration officials or Republicans in Congress should face criminal charges” for the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys.
Domenici Sought Iglesias Ouster
Albuquerque Journal
By Mike Gallagher
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was fired after Sen. Pete Domenici, who had been unhappy with Iglesias for some time, made a personal appeal to the White House, the Journal has learned.
Domenici had complained about Iglesias before, at one point going to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before taking his request to the president as a last resort.
Senate and House Democrats have focused on a telephone call Domenici made to Iglesias in October.
Iglesias testified before the congressional committees that Domenici called him at home and asked if indictments were imminent in a public corruption investigation of Albuquerque's Metropolitan Courthouse construction. Iglesias told him indictments were not expected anytime soon.
Iglesias testified that Domenici said, "I'm very sorry to hear that." And then hung up.
Iglesias said he felt "pressured" and "violated" by the telephone call but did not report it to Justice Department headquarters as required.
The new sheriff in town seems to be encouraging further investigation into the firing of U.S. Attorneys following the 2006 mid-term elections.
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales denied any political motivation for the firings. (This may be the only point of fact about which the former Attorney General was certain!)

Me? Without meaning to sound petty... I'm hoping Domenici, Gonzales, Rove, Harriet Meiers, and David Addington are all indicted, convicted, and sentenced to very long jail terms... just on general principle.

Have a nice day.

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