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.