Gonzales Goon Squads Lies Begin to Unravel
Sampson said only days ago that there were no replacements in mind for the prosecuters to be sacked. His email proves that a lie.
The best part of the Bush team's growing web of deceit: the idea that the firings were performance based. Who was expected to replace the fired attorneys? Young republican goonsquadders with, in some cases, ZERO litigation experience -- but heavily qualified conservative bootlicks.
Here's a good one:
"Mr. Sampson proposed that Ms. Chiara’s replacement would be Rachel L. Brand, the 33-year-old head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, a graduate of Harvard Law School who has little litigation experience. In many ways she is typical of the young lawyers with conservative political pedigrees who have flourished in the Bush administration.
Ms. Brand was active in the Federalist Society, the association of lawyers that serves as kind of a talent pool and credential for young conservatives who are interested in appointments to legal slots in the Republican administration.
At her confirmation hearings in May 2005, Ms. Brand told the Judiciary committee that, despite a brief stint as an associate at a Washington law firm, she had never tried a case before a jury. In fact, she said she had never been in court or, as a lawyer, been involved in a criminal matter."
Here's what she's doing now.