US Attorney firings “scandal” passes quietly

AP reports:

The Bush administration’s Justice Department’s actions were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges.

The decision closes the books on one of the lingering political disputes of the Bush administration, one that Democrats said was evidence of GOP politics run amok and that Republicans have always said was a manufactured controversy.

This was perfectly obvious from the first day of the supposed scandal: US Attorneys are political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the president, and they can be dismissed at any time for nearly any reason. The only way the dismissals could have been illegal was if the firings were intended to influence a case improperly, and no evidence ever surfaced to suggest that was the case.

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