Those were the words of Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) to purged US Attorney from New Mexico David Iglesias. According to Iglesias, Domenici called Iglesias to ask whether certain corruption cases against Democrats in New Mexico would be filed before the November elections — elections in which Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) was facing a very stiff challenge. Iglesias responded that they probably would not. And Domenici made his displeasure clear. Iglesias, who has a generally stellar track record and reputation, lost his job a few weeks later, allegedly for “poor job performance.”
As a result, Domenici is under an ethics investigation, and I’d say is in big trouble. If Domenici is forced to leave the Senate (unlikely, but possible), it’s of course huge, since a Democrat likes takes over that seat. Wilson is also implicated — she, too, made inappropriate calls to Iglesias.
The US Attorney scandal hasn’t yet gotten the public attention it deserves. It’s one of the most shocking things the Bush administration has done. But I think this one is a sleeper that could awaken in a very nasty way for BushCo. No American, of any political stripe, likes the idea of political pressure being brought to bear on federal prosecutors.
Watch an edited clip of Iglesias’ testimony.