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San Diego US Attorney, Carol Lam, resigned on orders from the Bush administration. Bush asked Lam to resign because she spent what he felt was an inordinate amount of resources prosecuting corrupt politicians and business executives rather than illegal migrant workers. Despite grumblings of politics and cover-up, Lam kept her lips zipped and made a classy exit.

Lam's most high-profile conviction was corrupt Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. It's an open secret here in San Diego that Cunningham was in cahoots with fellow Republican Congressmen Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, and word on the street is that they are under investigation. I have no proof to offer, but at one time I didn't have any proof I could make public that Congressman Brian Bilbray was under investigation by a Grand Jury either. He is, though, and I trust my sources on this as well.

In any case, it doesn't take much to read between the lines when the local FBI chief says, "Lam's continued employment as U.S. attorney is crucial to the success of multiple ongoing investigations," while at the same time Congressman Issa is Lam's biggest critic. And last year, after Cunningham was was sent to the Big House, his Republican colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee (of which Issa was a member) came down hard on US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to bring Lam back in line.

Even though Issa and Gonzales are trying to make this an immigration issue, the head of the Border Patrol union, T.J. Bonner, dismisses that argument, "Maybe she just went after the wrong white-collar person," he said.

Also, Senator Feinstein, whose sources are probably better than mine, says Lam was looking into the activities of other members of Congress and Lam's departure "interrupts the flow of the prosecution of these cases."

It's pretty clear that Carol Lam's ouster is a spanking for taking on corrupt politicians and business executives (who all just happen to be Republicans). And it's just as clearly a warning to other justice department mavericks who believe their job is to protect the public -- and our tax dollars -- from these crooks.

Posted by American Pundit at January 17, 2007 10:19 PM
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Comment #203789

AP,
Look at what was on the front page of my newspaper when I opened my door to leave for work this morning:
U.S. Attorney for Bay Area resigns
Ryan investigated stock options fraud, violent gang crime and steroids in sports, faced criticism for his management style

From the article:

It’s not clear what effect Ryan’s departure will have on his office’s investigation of Bay Area companies for allegedly concealing their backdating of stock options granted to top executives. Ryan appointed a task force last summer to look into the practice and has obtained two criminal indictments and a flurry of executive resignations.

His resignation came amid accusations by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other Democrats that Bush was pushing U.S. attorneys out of office so he could appoint their replacements without Senate confirmation under a little-noticed provision of the USA Patriot Act passed by Congress in 2001.

Citing a Wall Street Journal article Tuesday that listed Ryan among seven prosecutors around the nation who reportedly were being forced out, Feinstein said she was co-sponsoring legislation that would reinstate a 120-day limit on the president’s power to name an interim U.S. attorney without Senate approval. After 120 days, federal judges would make the interim appointments, as they did before the Patriot Act.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a very serious case of Bush Administration Outrage Overload. Everyday another new outrage, and no end in sight…

Posted by: Adrienne at January 17, 2007 11:46 PM
Comment #203792

AP,

It’s not just Lam.

“The subject is headed for a public airing Thursday when Gonzales appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for its first oversight hearing of his department since the Democrats took control of Congress.”

http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20070116%5cACQDJON200701161801DOWJONESDJONLINE000759.htm&

Wow, it’s getting hard to find news pages related to this:

http://www.katv.com/news/stories/1206/381772.html

Bush & Co. seem to be stacking the deck against us.

Posted by: KansasDem at January 17, 2007 11:54 PM
Comment #203802

Christ! Is there a provision in the Patriot Act that allows the president to postpone elections for natioal security reasons?

Whats the bet that whoever replaces Ryan in SF spends all his time trying to go after Pelosi and her friends? Just an investigation is enough to weaken her politically. Those guys do know how to play hardball. God help us.

Posted by: BillS at January 18, 2007 3:41 AM
Comment #203803

After Bush took office swearing an oath to protect and defend the United States and her Constitution, I suspect he immediately went to the oval office, created a secret ‘signing order’ stipulating that his superceding oath is to protect and defend those of wealth and insure their viability when America’s economic collapse which he will help create, comes.

I can’t think of a single net action he has taken that doesn’t fit neatly into that ‘superceding oath’.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 18, 2007 3:47 AM
Comment #203817

San Diego US Attorney, Carol Lam, resigned on orders from the Bush administration.

Really? The article you linked to says, “she wouldn’t say whether she was asked to leave.”

Ever get the feeling that some people, even if they were wronged, just want to be left the hell alone? Just because someone has (maybe) a problem with Bush (who, incidentally, was the one who appointed her), it doesn’t mean they want to be used as political fodder for party hacks like AP.
Until Lam wants to comment on the issue (if ever), I don’t see the need for us to comment on her personal business. But I guess Democrats have to oppose Bush any way they can, private lives be damned.

Posted by: TheTraveler at January 18, 2007 9:21 AM
Comment #203868

I have a few concerns with this…


I know there are oil companies in the bay area, which were under investigation by these attorneys, is the same true with Little Rock?

I also know that W. has been promoting people in the federal government who are also all tied to the oil companies, some of which are in the bay area (shell), is the same true with Little Rock?

Posted by: Bryan AJ Kennedy at January 18, 2007 4:12 PM
Comment #203981

Traveler, the Bush administration asked Lam to resign, and she’s not happy about it. In the two articles I posted on the subject, I referenced three different newspaper articles that make that clear.

Any other concerns about my hackishness?

Posted by: American Pundit at January 19, 2007 12:13 PM
Comment #204074

AP,

Any other concerns about my hackishness?

No, just the same one. This is from your article:

San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam announced yesterday that she is resigning effective Feb. 15, but she wouldn’t say whether she was asked to leave.

That’s the first line, no less. I think perhaps you (intentionally?) misunderstood it.

the Bush administration asked Lam to resign, and she’s not happy about it. In the two articles I posted on the subject, I referenced three different newspaper articles that make that clear.

No you didn’t. The articles speculated about her personal business because whoever wrote them wanted to take an anti-Bush stance. That’s not the same thing.

If she has made any comments on the subject since then you might want to link to them, otherwise I see no reason to care.

Posted by: TheTraveler at January 19, 2007 9:02 PM
Comment #204083

Traveler, cut the crap (and the personal attacks). SEVEN prosecutors are being forced out all at the same time. They were hired by the president, and are being fired by the president, so that he can put other people in there who won’t go after things he doesn’t want them to go after, and without Senate approval.
Now, you can ignore the obvious if you wish, but that doesn’t mean the rest of don’t see that this is just more of what we’ve already seen plenty of times before: George W. Bush being an authoritarian ass-clown who wants to cover up crimes, do everything secretly, and without any Congressional imput.

Posted by: Adrienne at January 19, 2007 9:54 PM
Comment #204259

Traveler, cut the crap (and the personal attacks).

I don’t know what you’re talking about.

SEVEN prosecutors are being forced out all at the same time. They were hired by the president, and are being fired by the president

If you look up “resigning” and “fired” in the dictionary, you will see that they have different definitions. I don’t know about the other six, but I haven’t seen anything that would lead me to believe that Miss Lam is being fired.

Now, you can ignore the obvious if you wish, but that doesn’t mean the rest of don’t see that this is just more of what we’ve already seen plenty of times before

I’m just going by the articles AP linked to. Even if she was asked to resign, which is something that neither you nor AP have even tried to back up, Miss Lam apparently quit on her own volition. The only “obvious” thing is that you and AP are seeing facts that don’t exist because of your political bias.

George W. Bush being an authoritarian ass-clown who wants to cover up crimes, do everything secretly, and without any Congressional imput.

That’s as maybe, but it’s a bit off topic.

Posted by: TheTraveler at January 21, 2007 12:54 AM
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