Parallels: Colin Powell/Iraq WMDs - Steve Biskupic/Democrat Voter Fraud - Bush Agenda/Bush Agenda
Marisa Taylor and Margaret Talev for McClatchy report: Congressional investigators looking into the firings of eight U.S. attorneys saw Wisconsin prosecutor Steven M. Biskupic's name on a list of lawyers targeted for removal when they were inspecting a Justice Department document not yet made public, according to an attorney for a lawmaker involved in the investigation. The attorney asked for anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the investigation. It wasn't clear when Biskupic was added to a Justice Department hit list of prosecutors, or when he was taken off, or whether those developments were connected to the just-overturned corruption case. Nevertheless, the disclosure aroused investigators' suspicion that Biskupic might have been retained in his job because he agreed to prosecute Democrats, though the evidence was slight. Such politicization of the administration of justice is at the heart of congressional Democrats' concerns over the Bush administration's firings of the U.S. attorneys. Republicans had cited the June 2006 conviction as evidence that Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's administration was rife with corruption as he ran for re-election last year. He won anyway - the first Democratic governor of the state to win re-election in 32 years. This revelation about Biskupic is expected to be the subject of questions to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales when he testifies Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kagro X at dailykos draws the parallel: Think about it: Evidence so thin, it pointed to fabrication more than actual guilt. A "case" driven by a media frenzy rather than a dispassionate review of the facts. Bush "administration" authorities insisting that a "threat" -- here, corruption and voter fraud -- existed despite the fact that other, local authorities disputed and discounted those threats. In fact, upon reflection, it looks very much like the charges were created in order for the Bush "administration" to profit politically, even though they just weren't true. And if local authorities weren't going to prosecute, then by God, the Bush "administration" would find some new authorities and then declare "Mission Accomplished!" THE PRESIDENT: We found the weapons of mass destruction voter fraud. We found biological laboratories Democrat corruption. You remember when Colin Powell Steven Biskupic stood up in front of the world, and he said, Iraq Doyle has got laboratories, mobile labs to build biological weapons bribes and sweetheart contracts. They're illegal. They're against the United Nations resolutions United States laws, and we've so far discovered two. And we'll find more weapons frauds as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons Democrat corruption or voter fraud, they're wrong, we found them.
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