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Friday, February 17, 2006

Recusal Refusal 

Because let's face it: Ashcroft made the mistake of recusing himself from the Plame thing, and now that asshole Fitzgerald is right up in everyone's grille:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales brushed aside requests on Thursday that he remove himself from the investigation of Jack Abramoff and the lobbyist's ties to Bush administration officials and members of Congress.

Gonzales, who was White House counsel for four years before taking over at the Justice Department, said the inquiry is being run by career prosecutors who are not influenced by politics.

Thirty-one Senate Democrats said in a letter to Gonzales that he was too close to the president and top administration officials who have had dealings with Abramoff and immediately should step aside from the investigation.

Republicans responded that most of the Senate Democrats who are pressuring Gonzales have their own ties to Abramoff.

"Considering 28 of the 31 Democrats have received Abramoff-affiliated funds themselves, it appears their hypocrisy has exceeded even their partisanship," said Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.
In case you are not in the habit of reading other blogs, what the RNC spokeswoman means is that 28 of the 31 Democrats received contributions from the Indian tribes that were bilked by the Republican superlobbyist, who pled guilty last month to federal charges of tax evasion, fraud, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. Those tribes had already been contributing to Democrats before hiring Abramoff to represent them, and in most cases gave substantially less to Democrats after their "affiliation" (which as far as we can tell must be a new GOP euphemism for unlubricated ass-fucking) began.

UPDATE (via our august colleague Josh Marshall): So helpful!
The Department of Justice has instructed the Senate Ethics Committee to steer clear of any investigations into actions involving ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, warning the panel it has “concerns” that any such probes could interfere with its long-running investigation.

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