IANAL

3 comments March 20th, 2007at 07:42am Posted by Eli

I Am Not A Lawyer, but I have decided to try to wade through the Ginormous Justice Department Document Dump in search of gold anyway. So far, well… not so much. But one thing I have noticed is that the purgees seem to roughly break down into “problem child” (Lam, Charlton, McKay) and “good soldier” (Cummins, Ryan, Chiara) categories. It’s pretty easy to tell which are which from the DOJ staffers’ attitudes towards the purgees:

On Carol Lam [From outgoing Principal Associate Deputy AG Bill Mercer, in response to a “So sad – I am not adjusting well to this change” e-mail]:

What that Carol Lam can’t meet a deadline or that you’ll need to interact with her in the coming weeks or that she won’t just say “O.K. You got me. You’re right, I’ve ignored national priorities [like covering for Duke and Dusty?] and obvious local needs. Shoot, my production is more hideous than I realized.”

Or that I’m not going to send you as many of these humorous missives?

On Paul Charlton [To Gonzo’s Chief Of Staff Sampson]:

In the “you won’t believe this category,” Paul Charlton would like a few minutes of the AG’s time. I explained that he had already been given extensive, unusual process and that I did not think that it was a good idea for him to press this, but he insisted on me making the request.

(Sampson’s response in its entirety: “Denied.”)

On John McKay:

Even when he is in Ireland he causes problems! He needs to stop writing letters.

By contrast, the DOJ’s relations with the good soldiers are much more cordial. Kevin Ryan sent Michael Elston at DOJ (the source of the first wave of docs) a “You have been a gentleman in your dealings with me and I appreciate it” e-mail and assures DOJ that he’s a “company man” and is trying to stay out of it; Bud Cummins sent a lengthy e-mail (he has a Yahoo account, heh) offering to testify on DOJ and his replacement’s behalf; Chiara also did everything she could to stay out out of it.

Chiara’s initial “Whyyyy?” e-mail to Deputy AG McNulty is pretty sad, though (emphasis added):

I continue to vigorously pursue employment. In addition to applying to numerous public agencies and organizations, I am now working with a “headhunter”. Who knew this could be so difficult?

(…)

FYI: Everyone who knows about my required resignation… is astonished that I am being asked to leave. Now that it has been widely reported that departing USAs have either failed to meet performance expectations or that they acted independently rather than follow DOJ/EOUSA directives, the situation is so much worse. You know that I am in neither catagory [sic]. This makes me so sad. Why have I been asked to resign? The real reason, epecially [sic] if true, would be a lot easier to live with.

That really is pretty shitty, even if she is a Republican. It looks like things were patched up pretty amicably, and the DOJ pulled some strings to get her a new job, but I haven’t seen anything in between explaining why she was fired, and on 3/4 she asks DAG McNulty to “reconsider the rationale of poor performance for my dismissal.”

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans,Wankers

3 Comments

  • 1. DES  |  March 20th, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Larry wants all his spys at TPM to go over the information for him. Seems lie Larry is starting his own little revolution!

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