Friday, January 27, 2006

Right in your face.

The thing that astonishes me about Bush is that the chicanery is right in your face - totally brazen - and the press doesn't seem to notice.

The prosecutor who has been leading the investigation into the Abramoff scandal for two years will step aside because Bush just HAPPENS to have nominated him for a Federal Judgeship.

"Whoa - he's getting close. Let's move him."


Schumer and others are now callling for a special prosecutor.

The timing of Mr. Hillman's nomination "jaundices this whole process," Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in an interview. "They have to appoint a special counsel. I think there will be broad support for one."

Representative George Miller, Democrat of California, called the timing "startling" and said, "You have one of the chief prosecutors removed from a case that has tentacles throughout the Republican leadership of Congress, throughout the various agencies and into the White House."

UPDATE: Digby has noticed that it isn't the first time a Bush has done this sort of thing. From just a month ago:

The Florida prosecutor investigating radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh will soon be weighing cases rather than prosecuting them.

Gov. Jeb Bush has announced Assistant State Attorney James Martz has been appointed a Palm Beach County judge, filling a vacancy left after this year's legislative session.

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