Saturday, January 13, 2007

Republican Corruption

The Bush Administration has sent a chilling message to federal law enforcement officers this week. United States Attorney Carole Lam was told to resign and that demand by the Bush Administration was leaked to the press. It is virtually unprecedented for a chief law enforcement officer like Lam to be kicked out of such a post.
Speculation that the Bush administration allegedly has asked San Diego-based U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, the region's chief federal prosecutor, to step down was met with disbelief and dropped jaws by legal community members with ties to federal court.

"I was in a state of shock," said Peter Nunez, who served as the U.S. attorney in charge of the San Diego offices from 1982 to 1988. "It's just like nothing I've ever seen before in 35-plus years. To be asked to resign and to be publicly humiliated by leaking this to the press is beyond any bounds of decency and behavior. It shocks me. It really is outrageous."
Unprecedented unless the Bush Administration and Republican Party leaders are upset that Lam had made white collar crime and government corruption a priority for the San Diego region. Lam was responsible for the investigation and conviction of Republican congressman, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, and she is responsible for conducting the on-going investigation into Brent Wilkes, the San Diego business man in the middle of the Cunningham probe, who also has close ties to the Bush Administration and the CIA.

You can read more details over at TMP Muckraker.