Watch this story from the Washington Post increase the heat on the Justice Department, folks. There will be hearings on this, without a doubt.
A sample: "The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government’s racketeering case.
Sharon Y. Eubanks said Bush loyalists in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales’s office began micromanaging the team’s strategy in the final weeks of the 2005 trial, to the detriment of the government’s claim that the industry had conspired to lie to U.S. smokers.
She said a supervisor demanded that she and her trial team drop recommendations that tobacco executives be removed from their corporate positions as a possible penalty. He and two others instructed her to tell key witnesses to change their testimony. And they ordered Eubanks to read verbatim a closing argument they had rewritten for her, she said.
‘The political people were pushing the buttons and ordering us to say what we said,’ Eubanks said. ‘And because of that, we failed to zealously represent the interests of the American public.’
‘Political interference is happening at Justice across the department,’ she said. ‘When decisions are made now in the Bush attorney general’s office, politics is the primary consideration. . . . The rule of law goes out the window.’"