So what would you do, if you were the leader of a very corrupt party, exposed to a host of finance scandals, but your party had just been trounced in the most recent elections? You could no longer count on committee chairs from your party to obstruct investigations into the military contractor/legislator gravy train that is so critical to your party's pocketbook?
I ask, because I might well react the way the Bush DOJ has. You see, last week, the San Diego Prosecutor's office subpoenaed Congress for bucketloads of documents relating to appropriations. And they are specifically asking the Democrats to turn over the documents instantaneously (Roll Call via Kagro X):
"To ask us to produce that stuff by [Jan. 11] is ridiculous given the fact that we haven’t taken over yet and every record that we’re talking about is a Republican record so I have no idea what the documents are and it’s a Republican problem.... We will try to cooperate, but it’s a Republican problem."
Now Kagro thinks the subpoena might be an attempt to occupy the time of our Democratic staffers. But consider the move by the Bush Administration to ask Carol Lam, the prosecutor asking for these documents, to resign?
The Bush administration has quietly asked San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, best known for her high-profile prosecutions of politicians and corporate executives, to resign her post, a law enforcement official said.
Lam, a Bush appointee who took the helm in 2002, was targeted because of job performance issues – in particular that she failed to make smuggling and gun cases a top priority, said the official, who declined to be identified because Lam has yet to step down.
Of course, it may well be a chicken and egg thing. The deadline on the subpoena was January 11. On January 12, we hear Bush wants Lam gone because she focuses on things like corruption. Maybe Lam is after something specific, and is racing against the Bush Administration that is trying to get rid of her before the Democrats realize what is in Congressional documentation.
In any case, I'm guessing BushCo will go to some length to shut down that SD investigation.