The "political" firings of the eight U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration were in fact based on merit. Case in point is the former U.S. attorney for California's Southern District, Carol Lam. We are dumbfounded that the White House, instead of arguing minutia about executive privilege, simply doesn't come out and say why Lam and the other seven were justifiably dismissed.
Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.. vented about the Bush administration's "bunker mentality" in response to the Democrats' fishing expedition. But as recently as last June, Feinstein wrote to now-targeted Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to express her concern that Lam's failure to adequately prosecute alien smugglers endangered the lives of Border Patrol agents and might bring even more dangerous smuggling syndicates to the California border region.
"It has come to my attention that despite high apprehension rates by Border Patrol agents along California's border with Mexico, prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of California appear to lag behind," Feinstein wrote.
You would think that Senator Feinstein would be applauding at least one firing. What are the chances? Now let's see more emails from Democratic politicians to the Justice Department about United States Attorneys.
We want full disclosure and honesty, don't we?