The juicy bit: the former New Mexico US Attorney has stated that he was pressured to investigate Democrats before the November elections. Because, after the elections, they'd be in a much better position to investigate political shenanigans and inappropriate White House meddling with the Justice Department. Now they have less than two years to really screw things up, appointments-wise.
Since the mass firings were carried out three months ago, Justice Department officials have consistently portrayed them as personnel decisions based on the prosecutors' "performance-related" problems.
But, yesterday, officials acknowledged that the ousters were based primarily on the administration's unhappiness with the prosecutors' policy decisions and revealed the White House's role in the matter. "At the end of the day, this was a decision to pick the prosecutors we felt would most effectively carry out the department's policies and priorities in the last two years," said Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse.