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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:40 AM
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A New Attorney Scandal? Bush-Appointed U.S. Attorney Won't Vacate Office Under Obama
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 09:42 AM by Hissyspit
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/12/05/mary-beth-buchanan-...

A New Attorney Scandal? Bush-Appointed U.S. Attorney Wont Vacate Office Under Obama

Mary Beth Buchanan was appointed by President Bush to serve as U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh in Sept. 2001. Buchanan has held several significant posts within the Bush/Ashcroft/Gonzales Justice Department, most notably serving as director the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.

Just last month, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Buchanans reign was expected to end. Indeed, when a new president is elected, U.S. attorneys of both parties generally submit their resignations to make way for the new appointees. But Buchanan has other plans:

Despite a new administration coming into power, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said she plans to stick around.

It doesnt serve justice for all the U.S. attorneys to submit their resignations all at one time, she said yesterday. <>

More than that, she said she would consider working in the Obama administration. She would not discuss what her future might hold beyond the U.S. attorneys office.

I am open to considering further service to the United States, Ms. Buchanan said.

Shes been described by colleagues as the quintessential loyal Bushie. She is very focused to the department first of all, said one assistant U.S. attorney, who asked not to be named. Shes not independent, and I dont think she wants to be.

During her tenure, Buchanan has been criticized for bringing politically-motivated investigations and charges against politicians in Western Pennsylvania, none more famous than the public corruption case against a local high-profile Democrat Dr. Cyril H. Wecht. Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh told Congress that the Wecht prosecution is not the type of case normally constituting a federal corruption case brought against a local official.

Buchanan hired Monica Goodling, and she hand-picked a Pittsburgh attorney to serve as the U.S. prosecutor in Alaska, going over the heads of Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski. She also had a peripheral role in the U.S. attorney scandal:

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:42 AM
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1. Maybe she'll stay around long enough to be indicted.
:)
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:45 AM
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4. HA!
(in my best Tweety fashion)

You may be right...
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:43 AM
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2. She won't resign? Then she will be fired. n/t
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:44 AM
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3. She serves at the "pleasure" of the sitting president.. It's not entirely her "choice"
I'm sure there are some NON-political appointees in that office who will be happy to tell Obama's people some juicy stories about her, and she'll probably be quite eager to "spend more time with her family"
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:47 AM
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5. It's Bluster
Nothing she can do about it if Obama's admin wants her gone.

I made it to the voting booth and voted for him (instead of McKinney or Nader) on the strength of this one, single, issue. If they don't clean house, I'll have no restraint whatsoever in criticizing the incoming administration as Vischy-style collaborators.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:49 AM
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6. They should ask her to submit to the vetting process
and reapply for the job.

That should be fun.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:59 AM
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9. LOL
I like that idea.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:52 AM
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7. Sounds like Mary Beth is headed for some rough times
I don't think PE Obama will take too kindly to her jackassedness and I doubt seriously he'll put up with it for a second. I say he just may make an example of her and her assheadness.
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:56 AM
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8. The postal board of governors
is filled with a large controlling majority of Bush appointees whose tenure runs beyond Obama's first term in most cases. They hire the Postmaster general and his assistant, further enhancing their stranglehold. Because in their infinite wisdom the idiots in Congress gave up most of their control by making the Post Office a public corporation, the presidency gained abusive control of its future. Therefore the same BushReaganBush era of everything has raped the Post Office future as well and you have to fire or indict to get rid of these people and hope a counter suit won't reverse that attempt.

The intentions of each board member, their good will or otherwise matter little. The net effect is what one would expect. Oblique planning for disaster and privatization with the latter ALWAYS a fine option to come to the rescue of apparent stupefying failure. As a dynamic it worked win/win in all ways for the Bush team at the expense of course of workers, the service and the nation. Now they will try to move with the new administration in town but will be incapable if not unwilling to do anything different to change the inbuilt exploitive scheme whose day has passed.

Bush has been on a rampage to install that harm throughout the entire government infrastructure, reminiscent of the purging and replacement of functionaries by the Nazis so that even a massacre minded Stalin was incapable of rooting them out.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:59 AM
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10. I'm going to enjoy this
:popcorn:
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:08 AM
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11. Okay, just so all the U.S. Attorneys don't resign at the same time
You can tender your resignation one day earlier, Ms. Buchanan.
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