This Surprises… No-One.

3 comments February 28th, 2007at 07:22pm Posted by Eli

Hey, guess what!

The fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico says he was pressured by two members of Congress prior to the November elections about the pace of an ongoing public corruption probe that targets local Democrats.

David C. Iglesias — who is leaving today after more than five years in office — said he received separate calls in October from two federal lawmakers, whom he declined to identify. Iglesias said he suspects the episode led the Justice Department to include him in a wave of firings of federal prosecutors late last year.

“They were fishing around for information in terms of the status of the investigation,” Iglesias said in an interview, referring to the lawmakers. “They were fishing around for a timetable. Those are things I’m prohibited from talking about.”

Iglesias said the callers seemed focused on whether indictments in the case might be issued prior to the elections.

“I didn’t give them what they wanted,” Iglesias said. “That was probably a political problem that caused them to go to the White House or whomever and complain that I wasn’t a team player.”


…Iglesias said the two lawmakers called him about a well-known criminal probe involving a Democratic legislator. He declined to provide their party affiliation, but suggested by his comments that the callers were Republicans. [No shit.]
Local media outlets reported last year that the FBI and Iglesias’s office had opened a probe into allegations involving a former longtime Democratic state senator, Manny Aragon, and government construction projects in Bernalillo County. No charges have been issued in the case.

Iglesias said the phone calls made him feel “pressured to hurry the subsequent cases and prosecutions,” but he also said he did not receive similar contacts from anyone in the executive branch. He also said he made a mistake by not reporting the calls to the Justice Department as “inappropriate contacts.” Now he believes the contacts lie at the root of his firing.

“I suspect that was the reason I was asked to step down, but I don’t know that I’ll ever know,” Iglesias said.

Now watch the Bushies say that he was fired for not contacting the Justice Department about the phone calls.  Because they’re so by-the-book about the law and proper procedure and stuff.

Even if Iglesias is wrong about the reason for his firing, that does not erase the fact that Republican congressmen were pressuring him to use an indictment as a political weapon, and I sure would like to see them get called on that.  Not sure why he would withhold their names – I guess it would be actionable if he were to name names on an accusation like that, unless he had solid proof, like a recording.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. shoephone  |  March 2nd, 2007 at 6:51 am

    Eli – wouldn’t it be fun if we could go to D.C. and live- blog next week’s hearings?

    I’ll bring the pumpernickel…

  • 2. Eli  |  March 2nd, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Heh. I probably wouldn’t be much use as a liveblogger. Maybe impressions rather than quotes: “Specter pretends to be outraged”, that sort of thing.

  • 3. shoephone  |  March 3rd, 2007 at 2:48 am

    Okay. We’ll just forget the blogging and eat breakfast.

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