Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Thursday, March 22, 2007
PurgeGate Update
It's looking like one of the prosecutors put on the list was done so at the last minute to give cover. Kevin Ryan, the U.S. attorney for Northern California was known to be a poor prosecutor with problems despite being a rabid Bush supporter. His name was added to the hatchet list at the last minute to stave off accusations that the others were fired for other than performance reasons.
"You would have to know Kevin," said UC Hastings College of the Law professor Rory Little. "You can't find a stronger supporter of the Bush administration agenda."

His tenure, however, was plagued by morale problems and accusations that he was a bad manager. A number of the office's most experienced lawyers left.

Despite his problems, which were well documented in legal newspapers, Justice officials wanted to keep Ryan on, even as they plotted the firings of other U.S. attorneys. It was only when a Democratic judge threatened to go to Congress to raise a public fuss over an excoriating written evaluation of Ryan's office that Ryan was put on the termination list, according to e-mails released by the White House.
Rove, Rove and more Rove. This whole thing stinks to high heaven of Karl Rove.