Hillary Clinton is calling for the resignation of the US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the firing of 7 US Attorneys this past week. The hue and cry from the Democratic side of the aisle is deafening with a willing media giving full voice support to anyone attacking the administration.
But this same media remained mum on the topic when Bill Clinton decided to fire all 93 US Attorneys when he assumed the Presidency under an ethical cloud. And during this period we remember that he always referred to Hillary as his Co-President.
So traditional media, why don’t one of you suck it up and ask the Junior Senator from New York the question on why it was proper for you and your co-President husband to fire ALL the US Attorneys and Bush to fire 7 with cause?
HMMMM……. Now read this editorial from the Wall Street Journal that lays out the case in black and white on the hypocrisy that is Hillary.
As everyone once knew but has tried to forget, Mr. Hubbell was a former partner of Mrs. Clinton at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock who later went to jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also Bill and Hillary Clinton’s choice as Associate Attorney General in the Justice Department when Janet Reno, his nominal superior, simultaneously fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys in March 1993. Ms. Reno–or Mr. Hubbell–gave them 10 days to move out of their offices.
At the time, President Clinton presented the move as something perfectly ordinary: “All those people are routinely replaced,” he told reporters, “and I have not done anything differently.” In fact, the dismissals were unprecedented: Previous Presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, had both retained holdovers from the previous Administration and only replaced them gradually as their tenures expired. This allowed continuity of leadership within the U.S. Attorney offices during the transition.
Equally extraordinary were the politics at play in the firings. At the time, Jay Stephens, then U.S. Attorney in Chicago, was investigating then Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, and was “within 30 days” of making a decision on an indictment. Mr. Rostenkowski, who was shepherding the Clinton’s economic program through Congress, eventually went to jail on mail fraud charges and was later pardoned by Mr. Clinton.
Also at the time, allegations concerning some of the Clintons’ Whitewater dealings were coming to a head. By dismissing all 93 U.S. Attorneys at once, the Clintons conveniently cleared the decks to appoint “Friend of Bill” Paula Casey as the U.S. Attorney for Little Rock. Ms. Casey never did bring any big Whitewater indictments, and she rejected information from another FOB, David Hale, on the business practices of the Arkansas elite including Mr. Clinton. When it comes to “politicizing” Justice, in short, the Bush White House is full of amateurs compared to the Clintons. via the OpinionJournal