Prosecutor Purge: House GOPers Call Out DOJ, Mock Bush’s Immigration Record

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


TPMmuckraker brings this Washington Times piece to our attention. House Republicans still think there was no foul play in the recent canning of eight U.S. Attorneys (no surprise there), but they do take issue with the reasons given by the DOJ (the Dems took issue a long time ago). And one reason, in particular, has them chuckling. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, sneered:

“It stretches anybody’s credibility to suggest that this administration would have retaliated against U.S. Attorneys for not enforcing immigration laws. This administration itself is so lax in its attitude towards immigration laws and controlling the border.”

Rohrabacher is referring to the firing of San Diego’s former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, who was forced to resign last winter under the premise that she was not filing enough immigration cases. (Au contraire.) Anyone who has been following the prosecutor case knows that the DOJ’s allegations against Carol Lam are bogus and more likely the reason she was let go was because she was hot on the trail of defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former CIA official Kyle “Dusty” Foggo. TPMmuckraker notes that AG Alberto Gonzales’ lying evoked unity among Dems and Republicans. I’d say we owe this bipartisan harmony to Bush’s immigration record.

THE TRUTH IS...

what drives Mother Jones' team of 50-plus journalists. The truth is powerful, as evidenced by how hard those with something to hide, or profit to gain, seek to discredit it. The truth, stated boldly and reported meticulously, is what draws so many readers to Mother Jones.

And the truth is, going into the final 4 days of the year we still needed to raise $TK to hit our $350,000 goal and start 2021 on track. It's nerve-wracking, wondering if the big spike we normally see at the end of December is going to be another thing that doesn't go as planned in 2020, or worse, if, now that Donald Trump is set to leave the White House (for longer than a taxpayer-funded golf trip to a property he owns), folks might be pulling back from fighting for the truth and a democracy and think the hard work is done.

It's not, and if you can right now, please consider a year-end donation to support our team's fearless nonprofit journalism so we can close that big fundraising gap and finish the year strong, ready for all that's ahead in 2021. Whether you can give $5 or $500, it all matters in keeping us charging hard, and we'd be grateful.

payment methods

THE TRUTH IS...

what drives Mother Jones' team of 50-plus journalists. The truth is powerful, as evidenced by how hard those with something to hide, or profit to gain, seek to discredit it. The truth, stated boldly and reported meticulously, is what draws so many readers to Mother Jones.

And the truth is, going into the final 4 days of the year we still needed to raise $TK to hit our $350,000 goal and start 2021 on track. It's nerve-wracking, wondering if the big spike we normally see at the end of December is going to be another thing that doesn't go as planned in 2020, or worse, if, now that Donald Trump is set to leave the White House (for longer than a taxpayer-funded golf trip to a property he owns), folks might be pulling back from fighting for the truth and a democracy and think the hard work is done.

It's not, and if you can right now, please consider a year-end donation to support our team's fearless nonprofit journalism so we can close that big fundraising gap and finish the year strong, ready for all that's ahead in 2021. Whether you can give $5 or $500, it all matters in keeping us charging hard, and we'd be grateful.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate