Did special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald probe too deep into White House connections to the Valerie Plame case? The WaPo reports that “U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was ranked among prosecutors who had “not distinguished themselves” on a Justice Department chart sent to the White House in March 2005, when he was in the midst of leading the CIA leak investigation that resulted in the perjury conviction of a vice presidential aide…”
The ranking placed Fitzgerald below “strong U.S. Attorneys . . . who exhibited loyalty” to the administration but above “weak U.S. Attorneys who . . . chafed against Administration initiatives, etc.,” according to Justice documents.
The chart was the first step in an effort to identify U.S. attorneys who should be removed. Two prosecutors who received the same ranking as Fitzgerald were later fired, documents show.
I suppose it would have a little too difficult to give Fitzgerald the heave-ho in the midst of the Plame case… but I wouldn’t put it past BushCo to have tired to figure out a way to do it.
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