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In Justice: Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Bush Administration

by David Iglesias

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In 2006, over sixty years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the date December 7 took on an added significance in history, as the Department of Justice fired seven United States Attorneys. The dismissals were unprecedented, as they came midterm for President George W. Bush. The firings also highlighted a newly minted and little recognized provision of the United States Patriot Act – the removal of term limits for interim appointees. Without term limits, the Attorney General, and the President, could install a United States Attorney indefinitely and never seek Senate confirmation of the pick.

David Iglesias, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, was among the dismissed. As the scandal grew to include Senate hearings and Congressional subpoenas for White House staff, Iglesias disclosed that he had been pressured by a Senator and a United States Representative to file a political corruption indictment before the November midterm Congressional election. Iglesias also claimed that the Bush White House had directed him and other United States Attorneys to expand voter fraud investigations in hopes of changing the voting landscape in the upcoming midterm elections. The White House responded with allegations that Iglesias was a largely absent and inept executive during his term as United States Attorney.

Autobiographical accounts about scandals from those in the center of the storm lure with the promise of an unprecedented access to the truth. But how reliable is the account of the narrator? The book flap could read, “A President intent on politicization of the Department of Justice targets a second generation immigrant who has risen to the highest levels of government who is concerned only with truth and justice.” And though such a story makes for good reading, Iglesias’ book should be filed in the Fiction departments of booksellers. Anyone with any ground-level knowledge of the events Iglesias describes in New Mexico tells a very different story. From misrepresentations about the political corruption investigation at the center of the story to the misnaming of the Drug Enforcement Administration as the Drug Enforcement ‘Agency’, the book is replete with misinformation. Though Iglesias vehemently claims that his firing was politically motivated, the allegations lodged against him of absenteeism and mismanagement originated in his own ranks.

Bottom Line: A compelling read, with the caveat that the narrator is unreliable.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0470261978, Hardcover)

The Bush administration's drive to politicize the Justice Department reached a new low with the wrongful firing of seven U.S. Attorneys in late 2006. Their action has ignited public outrage on a scale that far surpassed the reaction to any of the Bush administration's other political debacles. David Iglesias was one of those federal prosecutors, and now he tells his story.

Iglesias has long served in the Navy as part of the JAG corps. One of his earliest cases, about an assaulted Marine in Guantanamo Bay, became the basis for the movie A Few Good Men. When Bush chose him to become the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, it was a dream come true. He was a core member of Karl Rove's idealized Republican Party of the future -- handsome, Hispanic, evangelical, and a military veteran. The dream came to an abrupt end when Senator Pete Domenici improperly called Iglesias, wanting him to indict high-level Democrats before the 2006 elections. When Iglesias refused, the line went dead. Iglesias was fired just weeks later. First, he was devastated. Then, he was angry. Now, he is speaking out.

Iglesias recounts his interactions with Bush, Rove, Alberto Gonzales, and other key players as he takes readers into his time at the Justice Department to reveal what top Republican officials said and did, and how they subverted justice.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:23 -0400)

Describes the author's legal career, his rise to become U.S. Attorney to try federal cases in New Mexico, and the loss of his job after his refusal to indict some high-level opposition politicians prior to the 2006 elections.

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