Monday, August 08, 2005
Bush Buddy will be Plamegate's Prosecutor's Boss
This is not good news (Newsweek): Deputy Attorney Genr'l James Comey, who has accepted the post of general counsel at Lockheed Martin, leaves a question mark in the probe into who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Comey was the only official overseeing special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's leak investigation. With Attorney Genr'l Gonzales recused, dept officials say they are still trying to resolve whom Fitzgerald will now report to. Assoc Attorney Genr'l Robert McCallum is likely to be named as acting deputy AG. The problem? McCallum is an old friend of Bush since their Skull & Bones days at Yale. When Comey appointed Fitzgerald in '03, the deputy granted him extraordinary powers to act however he saw fit—but noted he still had the right to revoke Fitzgerald's authority. Would it be out the question for McCallum to fire Fitz if the heat started to singe Bush? Nope, Bush saw to it that another investigation came to a screeching halt in '02 (LA Times): A US grand jury in Guam opened an investigation of controversial lobbyist Jack Abramoff more than 2 yrs ago, but Pres Bush removed the supervising fedr'l prosecutor and the inquiry ended soon after.