News Tom Wales
posted by May 3 at 18:07 PMon
This is fucked up…
Former U.S. Attorney John McKay’s name was on a list of federal prosecutors to be fired in March 2005, 18 months earlier than previously reported, according to a document released by the House Judiciary Committee today.
And during a hearing in the nation’s capital, a committee member suggested McKay might have made the list, drawn up by the attorney general’s then-chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, for requesting “some action” by the Justice Department with regard to the unsolved 2001 killing of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales.
In questioning former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., said: “It was suggested that Mr. Sampson had concerns or that concerns had been raised … relating to the murder of an assistant U.S. attorney named Thomas Wales, in which Mr. McKay had requested some action by the department.”
Tom Wales was for gun control. Someone shot and killed Wales—Assistant US Attorney Tom Wales—in his home. And McKay was fired… for giving a shit? For wanting to find the killer? For requesting that “some action” be taken?
What the fuck?
“I’m just sick to my stomach. That’s the first I’ve heard of it,” he said. “Of course I was on a number of occasions, sometimes passionately, pushing for appropriate resources and appropriate attention on the Wales investigation.
“I would be stunned to learn somebody back there put me on a list to be fired because I was pushing on the Wales investigation. This one is bizarre and insulting. It’s insulting to Tom’s family and my office and the people who cared about Tom.”
Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse—just when you think the Bush administration can’t get any more disgustingly corrupt—it gets worse.
The Justice Department under George W. Bush isn’t interested in investigating the murder of an Assistant US Attorney. Suggesting that taking “some action” on investigation into the murder of an Assistant US Attorney can get your ass fired.
And what did the Bush Justice Dept. want to see investigated?
McKay’s appearance on the list in March 2005 would have been contemporaneous with Republican challenges to the closely contested 2004 governor’s election in Washington state, won by Democrat Chris Gregoire. Many supporters of the GOP candidate, Dino Rossi, angrily believed that McKay did not do enough to investigate their claims of voter fraud—something McKay disputes.
Kill an Assistant US District Attorney. No big deal. Fail to bring bogus charges of vote fraud in a close election? You’re fired.
God help us.