RUSH: I mentioned earlier in the program that we have a couple sound bites you gotta hear. These are two sound bites with Orrin Hatch and Pat Leahy on Meet the Press yesterday. This is about the fired US attorneys. Orrin Hatch, on fire here, is talking about Carol Lam, who was a Clinton hack — and everybody, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote letters complaining about Carol Lam, and now Dianne Feinstein has forgotten she wrote complaint letters and is all distressed about this! Hatch opened up with this comment.
HATCH: There is not one shred of evidence here that any of these appointments were made, to use Senator Specter’s words, ‘to interfere with an ongoing investigation or case.’ Carol Lam, for instance. It’s amazing to me she wasn’t fired earlier because for three years members of Congress had complained that there had been all kinds of border patrol capture of these people but hardly any prosecutions. She was a former law professor with no prosecutorial experience, and the former campaign manager in southern California for Clinton — and they’re trying to say that this administration appoints people politically? Of course they do. That’s what these positions are!
RUSH: But not only that, (former Republican congressman) Duke Cunningham is in jail. Patrick Fitzgerald was not fired! All of these allegations that these attorneys were fired because they’re working on corruption cases against Republicans? Carol Lam was a campaign manager! These people would normally be made ambassadors, but Clinton put her in as a US attorney. This is the kind of people that Clintons and Democrats appoint as federal judges. What I was talking about earlier, is their attempt here to insulate Democrats and liberals from election results. Now, Bush could have gotten rid of this woman when he took office. He chose not to. The new tone, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Next up, Russert says, ‘Senator Leahy, let me ask about a comment Senator Hatch made. Do you have any shred of evidence that any case was interfered with by the dismissal these eight US attorneys?’
LEAHY: Well, this is one of the things we’re trying to — trying to point out. We know that Carol Lam, uh, who, uh, Orrin angrily dismisses, and I’m sorry he has to get so angry so early in the morning, but —
LEAHY. — the — she, uh, of course, has prosecuted a Republican congressman and was investigating other Republicans when she was dismissed. That we do not for a fact.
HATCH: Well… (Sigh.)
LEAHY: We also —
RUSSERT: But do you have any evidence that these ongoing cases…?
LEAHY: Well, this is what…
HATCH: Not a shred!
LEAHY: This is —
HATCH: Not a shred of evidence!
RUSH: That was Orrin Hatch once again telling Leahy, ‘You have not a shred, not one shred of evidence.’ Anyway, the president wants Gonzales up there under oath, by the way, and the Democrats say, ‘No, no, no, no! We’re on our two-week spring break. We’ll bide your time here with Gonzales.’ They think they’ve made the case now. They’re not really interested in going a whole lot farther since they’re not going to get Rove and Miers.