Another One Bites The Dust

23 comments May 30th, 2007at 10:16pm Posted by Eli

Good bloody riddance:

The Arkansas Times reports that the controversial U.S. attorney in Arkansas, Tim Griffin, has resigned:

The U.S. Justice Department has notified Arkansas’s congressional delegation that Interim Eastern District U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin is resigning effective Friday, June 1.

Griffin, a former protege of Karl Rove, was formerly research director of the Republican National Committee. In 2004, BBC News published a report showing that Griffin led a “caging” scheme to suppress the votes of African-American servicemembers in Florida.

Griffin became the poster boy for the politicization of the U.S. attorney process. Former Justice official Kyle Sampson noted that getting Griffin into office “was important to Harriet [Miers], Karl, et cetera.” The traditional 120-day term for “interim” U.S. attorneys had expired for Griffin on April 20, yet the Justice Department continued to allow him to serve.

ThinkProgress earlier spoke with Rep. John Boozman’s (R-AR) office, which said that the congressman submitted names of replacements for Griffin to the White House on March 30. So far, no word from the Justice Department on the name of the new U.S. attorney.

In the meantime, assistant U.S. attorney Jane Duke will take over. The Justice Department had previously passed her over to install Griffin, using sexual discrimination as an excuse because Duke had been on maternity leave at the time.

I just have one question: Why was Griffin’s caging scheme only reported by British news? No, wait, don’t answer that.

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

23 Comments

  • 1. dirk gently  |  May 31st, 2007 at 11:52 am

    i have another question: will griffin be allowed to quietly resign and escape criminal prosecution? caging is illegal.

    i suspect that i know the answer to this, but i have written to henry waxman to suggest that he look into the issue. no response as yet.

  • 2. Eli  |  May 31st, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    i have another question: will griffin be allowed to quietly resign and escape criminal prosecution?

    I feel another edition of Simple Answers To Simple Questions coming on…

    Obviously, if he broke the law he should be prosecuted, and someone should also be asking pointed questions about how an actual *criminal* ended up as a high-level federal prosecutor. That takes cronyism and politicization about as far as it can go.

    I would settle for giving him immunity in exchange for ratting out Rove, but I don’t see it happening – Rove must have some really scary shit on *everybody*.

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