Kyle Sampson, Alberto Gonzales’ chief of staff, says in remarks prepared for delivery to Congress tomorrow that eight federal prosecutors were fired last year because they did not sufficiently support President Bush’s priorities.
“The distinction between ‘political’ and ‘performance-related’ reasons for removing a United States attorney is, in my view, largely artificial,” Sampson said. “A U.S. attorney who is unsuccessful from a political perspective … is unsuccessful.”
Separately, the Justice Department admitted Wednesday it gave senators inaccurate information about the firings and presidential political adviser Karl Rove’s role in trying to secure a U.S. attorney’s post for one of his former aides, Tim Griffin. [story].
I hope that Kyle Sampson has a few bodyguards.