Special Prosecutor: Assault on Elections Needs Full Airing
As more information comes out in congressional hearings, some things about the firing of U.S. attorneys become murkier and others clearer.
On the murkiness side, it is still not apparent just who came up with the idea of firing a number of U.S. attorneys.
On the side of clarity, it seems more and more apparent that behind the U.S. attorney scandal is a blatant effort of the Justice Department to tamper with the U.S. election process, trumping up voter fraud as an issue to intimidate voters and suppress voting in the United States.
The mention of voter fraud conjures up images of deceitful voters knowingly and willingly voting illegally, or of sleazy political operatives stuffing ballot boxes and paying voters for toeing the party line. But in this instance, the phrase seems to refer to high-level officials in the Bush administration using the machinery of government to corrupt the electoral process.
This is a serious matter calling for investigation by an outside special counsel. But there's the rub. Since the independent counsel act expired in 1999, it's up to the attorney general to order an investigation. And Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is up to his eyeballs in this mess. He has obvious and irreconcilable conflicts of interest in investigating administration officials.
We desperately need a special counsel, anyone know how we could get that under these circumstances--barring throwing Gonzo out of office? Elections are not that far away, what a luxury it would be to have faith they are going to be fair.