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During his testimony on Thursday, one of the questions to which Gonzales offered the most downright weasely answers was simple: so how many U.S. attorneys were fired as a part of this plan? The initial count was eight. But every week or so we have learned of another case. It may now be time to move the count on the number of U.S. attorneys involved in the Rove–Miers scam to thirteen.
Yesterday, former U.S. Attorney for West Virginia Karl “Kasey” Warner publicly acknowledged that he had also been forced from office under factual circumstances which closely matched those of the initial eight. Warner was in the midst of a high-profile political corruption investigation involving vote-buying by a Republican politician when the decision came. He said when he was told to leave by the Justice Department, he balked, saying he served “the president.” The Associated Press reports:
“Next thing I know, I get a letter from the president’s counsel, Harriet Miers, saying I’d been fired, no reason given,” Warner recounted in a telephone interview…
“Sometimes soldiers catch a bullet. If you’re truly out there doing your job, if you’re truly a leader, sometimes you catch a bullet,” he said. “It might not be fair, it might not be right, it might be sad, but that’s part of what you do. I caught a bullet. It’s not something you cry about or complain about.”
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Estimated number of people who watched a live Webcast of a hair transplant last fall:
A rancher in Texas was developing a system that will permit hunters to kill animals by remote control via a website.
A man in Japan was arrested for stealing a prospective employer’s wallet during a job interview, and a court in Germany ruled that it is safe for a woman with breast implants to be a police officer.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."