What does the Bush Administration do when it gets too hot in the judicial kitchen? It changes the chef. And that's precisely what it's done in the Jack Abramoff scandal. And the timing couldn't be anymore suspect.
Noel L. Hillman heads the Justice Department's public integrity division, and up until Thursday was the chief prosecutor in the investigation of the disgraced Republican lobbyist; an investigation that threatens to snake it's way from the steps of the Capital all the way up the White House Lawn. So it's no coincidence that President Bush decided that right now would be the best time to nominate Hillman for a federal judgeship, effectively pulling him off the hottest, most far-reaching political criminal investigation since Watergate, creating a critical setback for the prosecution.
Hillman was first considered for nomination to the bench a year ago. Nothing came of it. So why now? That's a question that really needn't be asked, does it? The Busheviks are blatantly corrupt, self-serving, arrogant monarchists hellbent on self-preservation. Their disregard for the law and consistent defiling of the Constitution is shameless and unprecedented. This new action must result in a demand by the Democrats for a special prosecutor to take over the case. The Busheveiks and their corrupt Justice Department, run by Alberto "Mr. Torture" Gonzales, can no longer be entrusted with America's legal well-being. It's the fox guarding the henhouse yet again.
Rep. George Miller (D-CA) called the timing "startling" and said, "You have one of the chief prosecutors removed from a case that has tentacles throughout the Republican leadership of Congress, throughout the various agencies and into the White House."
Bush's highly calculated chess move comes on the heels of the Democrats' demand for documents and photos involving the president and Abramoff, materials that could paint a very different picture of their relationship than the Bushies have claimed. To date, Bush has refused to provide same, saying there's no "there" there. And if pictures do exist, they say, then chalk it up to some simple holiday fun at White House Hanukkah parties.
They lie, they defy, they obstruct. Mazel Tov, America, we just took another pounding in the tush.