Well, isn’t this cozy? Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two US Attorneys to investigate the rash of national security leaks coming out of the White House. One of them, Ronald C. Machen Jr, is an Obama donor who was appointed by President Obama. Duane Lester picked up on this conflict of interest a few weeks ago. Although all of the US Attorneys are Democrats, not all of them have donated to Obama’s campaigns. A good number of them have, but Holder certainly could have found someone a little more impartial, as Jim Geraghty explained today.
As every U.S. Attorney serves at the pleasure of the president, the attorneys are already in the odd position of investigating the staff of the man who appointed them — and who can fire them. Any indictment would likely become a major issue in this year’s closely fought presidential race.
The Department of Justice describes the 93 U.S. Attorneys as “the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.” Each one manages investigations and prosecutions in a given state or a portion of a state. Forty-seven of these attorneys have not donated any money to any candidates for office in the past six years, according to records available from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Collectively, the remaining 46 have donated $235,651 to President Obama, the DNC, and Democratic candidates since January 1, 2007. Not one has donated to any Republican candidate. Of the 46 who donated, 36 donated to President Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, or his reelection campaign this year, or both, for a total of $77,782.
If Holder was determined to have two U.S. Attorneys handle this investigation of the White House, he could have chosen any one of 46 others to partner with Rosenstein. Instead, he selected the seventh-biggest Obama donor among them.
Read the whole thing. I’m sure you’re just as shocked as I am.