House Bill Restores Constitutional Checks and Balances
House Bill Restores Constitutional Checks and Balances in Appointment of Interim U.S. Attorneys
This legislation restores Constitutional checks and balances in the appointment process of interim U.S. Attorneys. It removes a loophole inserted by the prior Republican Congress that permits the indefinite appointment of interim U.S. Attorneys without Senate confirmation.
Recent evidence indicates that the Bush Administration -- contrary to public and private assurances -- exploited this loophole to fire a respected U.S. Attorney in order to appoint a protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ© of Karl Rove without confirmation.
Congress must now find out what happened with the unprecedented mid-term firings of U.S. Attorneys for ostensibly political purposes. This legislation is a small step toward restoring confidence and independence in the administration of justice.