There's some interesting coincidences surrounding the timing of a document that now serves as one basis for the official reason behind Carol Lam's firing. The document, an anonymous report claiming that the government wasn't prosecuting enough smugglers, was first released publicly by Congressman Darrel Issa on May 18, 2006. But apparently, Issa had received the report much earlier, the prior fall (link via TPMM). (And note the source: someone senior in DHS.)
Issa had the report several months before taking it public. He received it and several other related documents in the fall of 2005 from "a senior source in the Department of Homeland Security," Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said. He declined to identify the source, but said Issa didn't release the report until May because he hadn't had time to sort through it and verify the information.
That means that Issa, after having sat on the report for at least six months, suddenly saw fit to publish it--and do a media campaign around it--just a week or so after Lam's investigation of Cunningham expanded to include Jerry Lewis and Dusty Foggo. What a remarkable coincidence, huh?
But I wonder if there isn't another coincidence here. Issa received this document back in fall 2005, right? I wonder if it was anytime around the time that a bunch of Republican Congressmen from California wrote a letter complaining about Lam's immigration prosecution policies. I ask that question, you see, because a whole bunch of those who signed that letter are among those who were targets of what would be--or might have been--Lam's expanded investigation. The signers include:
- Duke Cunningham
- Jerry Lewis
- Richard Pombo
- John Doolittle
- Duncan Hunter
- Bill Thomas
A nice bunch, those CA Republicans.
I just thought the coincidence of timing worth mentioning.