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  •  A word of caution (4.00)
    We haven't gotten past the dangers of a "Saturday Night Massacre" yet. <knock on wood>

    Although, as thorough as Fitzgerald is, I wouldn't doubt the evidence has been copied, sent to undisclosed locations, and -- in case something untoward happens -- every major media outlet in the US and abroad will receive them.

    "Only the FSM has the noodles to plug all of *these* holes!"

    by PatsBard on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 11:19:41 PM PDT

    •  True, but don't forget (none)
      what the Saturday Night Massacre ultimately led to . . .

      If George Bush is so opposed to abortions, how do you explain Iraq and Katrina?

      by occams hatchet on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 11:50:44 PM PDT

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    •  Very true (4.00)
      However, it was the "Saturday Night Massacre" that inevitable sealed Nixon's doom. Yeah, it took months, and it was like watching a glacier slowly grind through rock.

      All of Fitzgerald's material would leak ("somehow") and the press would be much bolder. The chorus would get louder on both sides, the populace would become more informed, the political strength of the administration would lessen, and the senior Civil Service would leak like a sieve while being obstructionist toward the President. Plus the 2006 elections would be much more wide open.

      There is no good course of action for the administration now regarding Fitzgerald's Grand Jury. Fitz and staff have made sure of that with enough artful news leaks to keep attention on the investigation these last six weeks.

      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

      by Rolfyboy6 on Thu Oct 20, 2005 at 11:56:35 PM PDT

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    •  so warneth Ray McGovern (none)
      Cheney's Chickens Come Home to Roost

      Cautiously optimistic, indeed.

      No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism. – Winston Churchill

      by subtropolis on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 12:04:47 AM PDT

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    •  The Saturday Night Massacre (4.00)
      has been canceled.

      Bush can't fire Fitz.

      Read this, and enjoy:

      http://citizenspook.blogspot.com/2005/08/treasongate-us-attorney-generals.html

      The most important thing about life is to stay amused by it.

      by Paulie200 on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 01:03:25 AM PDT

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      •  thanks (none)
        I've just spent time following up on this and it's a great resource.  For any who suspect this will be an issue (as I do), here's a great starting point.  

        There's the detailed description of Fitz's authority including links to all docs via GAO.  Bookmark it.

        "Fear is an -ism...did you notice the transition from Communism into Islamic terrorism?" Lee Raback, Warsaw Pack "Doomsday Device"

        by lizah on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 02:59:33 AM PDT

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      •  Court fight (none)
        There could still be a dismissal. Fitzgerald could fight it, the Bush administration could argue that Comey's charter for Fitz was an "unconstitutional delegation of authority."

        The idea that a special prosecutor cannot be fired by anyone at all, in any branch of government, is actually pretty frightening.

        I've got blisters on my fingers!

        by Elwood Dowd on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 04:16:46 AM PDT

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      •  Great info, thanks. (none)
        Clearly, Bush cannot, a la Nixon telling Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox, try to get Comey to fire Fitz.  He'd have to do it himself. (As head of the Executive Branch, I think that Bush retains the legal power to fire him regardless of the GAO's efforts to insulate Fitz.) But regardless of whether it was legal, as a practical matter, it would be the equivalent of signing his own articles of impeachment.

        "Our enemy is innovative and resourceful and so are we. Our enemy never stops thinking of new ways to harm us and our country, and neither do we." G.W. Bush

        by litigatormom on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 06:31:27 AM PDT

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      •  Wow (none)
        Fitz is like "a GOD unto" all those puny prosecutor wannabee's and wormy defendants beneath him! Bush's "One God" ain't got a thing on him.

        The next prez better start polishing up the medals for Fitz and Comey.

        "Only the FSM has the noodles to plug all of *these* holes!"

        by PatsBard on Fri Oct 21, 2005 at 01:52:21 PM PDT

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