The e-mails directly contradict White House assertions that the notion originated with recently departed White House counsel Harriet Miers and was her idea alone.Two independent sources in a position to know have described the contents of the email exchange, which could be released as early as tomorrow. They put Rove at the epicenter of the imbroglio and raise questions about Gonzales' explanations of the matter.
What has made the issue a political firestorm is the White House's insistence that the idea came from Miers and was swiftly rejected.
White House press secretary Tony Snow told reporters Tuesday that Miers had suggested firing all 93, and that it was "her idea only." Snow said Miers' idea was quickly rejected by the Department of Justice.The latest e-mails show that Gonzales and Rove were both involved in the discussion, and neither rejected it out of hand.
GOI: And then there is this from the Washington Post:
"As an operational matter, we would like to replace 15-20 percent of the current U.S. Attorneys--the underperforming ones," Sampson wrote on Jan. 9, 2005. "...The vast majority of U.S. Attorneys, 80-85 percent, I would guess, are doing a great job, are loyal Bushies, etc., etc."
GOI: I knew that if we dug at little further that we'd find turd blossom's shitty fingerprints on this as well.
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