Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel onThe "Smoking Memo"

March 15, 2007
Blog

Rep. Emanuel:

"As Washington debates whether Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General, survives by the weekend, some of us want to know whether we can bring back to life these public corruption investigations in these five jurisdictions."

Transcript:

"Madam Speaker, in a memo sent to the White House, the Justice Department laid out a plan to replace seven U.S. Attorneys who were cracking down on public corruption.

"This 'smoking memo' seems to confirm that this Administration targeted U.S. Attorneys involved in ongoing public corruption cases.

"Today, as we learn more about the Attorney General's failure of leadership, many are eager to debate the future of Attorney General Gonzales and whether he will remain in office.

"But as we examine how these U.S. Attorneys were fired, we must not lose sight of the real story -- what is happening to these ongoing public corruption investigations? From Southern California to Nevada to Arizona to New Mexico.

"The fired U.S. Attorneys were aggressively investigating public corruption cases, and they were fired ostensibly for job performance--which in this White House means you're guilty of doing your job.

"I don't suppose any of these U.S. Attorneys will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom award.

"The question that some of us want to know is: Where are these public corruption cases today?

"As Washington debates whether Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General, survives by the weekend, some of us want to know whether we can bring back to life these public corruption investigations in these five jurisdictions."