March 6, 2007

tsr-iglesias.jpg Fired former U.S. Attorneys David Iglesias and John McCay testified before Congress today about the political pressures put on them by Senator Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson. Is it not entirely obvious by now that they were trying to pressure the former attorneys into prosecuting Democrats before the election for purely political reasons? I don't see how it can be interpreted any other way.

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Albuquerque Tribune:

Fired U.S. Attorney David Iglesias testified today that he "felt sick" after an October phone call from his onetime mentor, U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, asking whether indictments in an Albuquerque corruption case would be issued before the November elections.

"He asked, `Are those going to be filed before November?' " Iglesias told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I said I didn't think so. He said, `I'm very sorry to hear that.' And then the line went dead.

"I felt sick afterwards," Iglesias said. "I felt leaned on to get this moving."

Iglesias, the U.S. attorney for New Mexico, also testified about an October phone call from U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, who was locked in a re-election battle with then-state Attorney General Patricia Madrid. Iglesias said Wilson asked him about "sealed indictments" in the case. Read more...

TPMmuckraker has more...The Public Campaign Action Fund asks you to contact Congress demanding that they protect US Attorneys from political interference.

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