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OK I've been listening to Ed Schultz roll over for right wing propaganda in the last 20 minutes of his program and listening the news reports repeating the right wings claim that "Clinton fired 93 attorneys"
By now, we all know the US attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president and that it is traditional for a president to appoint new US Attorneys at the beginning of the term. But no one is mentioning Bush's dismissals.
It took me about 3 minutes to find this announcement by the administration in 2001.
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2001
WHITE HOUSE AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
BEGIN U.S. ATTORNEY TRANSITION
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing the practice of new administrations, President Bush and the Department of Justice have begun the transition process for most of the 93 United States Attorneys.
Attorney General Ashcroft said, "We are committed to making this an orderly transition to ensure effective, professional law enforcement that reflects the President 's priorities."
In January of this year, nearly all presidential appointees from the previous administration offered their resignations. Two Justice Department exceptions were the United States Attorneys and United States Marshals.
Prior to the beginning of this transition process, nearly one-third of the United States Attorneys had already submitted their resignations. The White House and the Department of Justice have begun to schedule transition dates for most of the remaining United States Attorneys to occur prior to June of this year. President Bush will make announcements regarding his nominations to the Senate of new United States Attorneys as that information becomes available. Pending confirmation of the President's nominees, the Attorney General will make appointments of Interim United States Attorneys for a period of 120 days (28USC546). Upon the expiration of that appointment, the authority rests with the United States District Court (28USC546(d)).
Originally posted to GP on Thu Mar 15, 2007 at 05:31 PM PDT.