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Is There A Special Prosecutor In Our Future?

Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please... Our very own Murray Waas has been looking into the possibility: I have two new stories on the Huffingt

Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please...

Our very own Murray Waas has been looking into the possibility:

I have two new stories on the Huffington Post- one this evening and one from yesterday- about the various investigations being conducted within the Department of Justice of the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and the politicization of the Department.

What is clear from both, as well as whatever scant other information we have been able to glean about what investigators are focusing on, is that they apparently are not shying away from examining the role and conduct of the White House- in either the initial White House role in firing the U.S. attorneys- or as my story tonight shows- also the role of White House officials in working with senior political Bush administration appointees to provide misleading information and testimony about the firings to Congress.

I have no inside information about whether a criminal investigation or a special prosecutor's probe will derive out of the current probes by Justice's Inspector General and its Office of Professional Responsibility. (I either don't have sources that good, or that ones that might talk to me aren't telling.)

But based on what investigators have been looking into, the possibility that a special prosecutor might be named to investigate the U.S. attorney mess might not be as remote as one might have thought.

It still appears much more unlikely than not that one would be named, but with the conduct of so many White House officials being scrutinized, the possibility for one being named for the first time appears to be a threat to the Bush administration. Read on...

Of course, it could just be another sternly worded letter too. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that those aspen roots are deeply, deeply tangled throughout the Bush administration and there is definitely a movement afoot to look at this much deeper than they have before.

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