DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday dismissed any comparison between the firing last fall of eight U.S. attorneys with the replacement of 93 U.S. attorneys when her husband became president in 1993.
"That's a traditional prerogative of an incoming president," Clinton said in an interview with The Associated Press. Once U.S. attorneys are confirmed, they should be given broad latitude to enforce the law as they see fit, she said. "I think one of the hallmarks of our democracy is we have a devotion to the rule of law," Clinton said.
She conceded that should she win the presidency in 2008, she likely would replace all of the U.S. attorneys appointed by President Bush. She said that's merely following traditions in which presidents appoint prosecutors of their own party.
So, with a wave of the hand, it's all so clear. We can name who we like, but if you make any change....
Hillary would want US Attorneys who would represent the positions and policies of the Democratic party. That's OK. But for GWB to want US Attorneys who represent the policies of the Republican administration, that's wrong.
I guess that talking out of both sides of the mouth just comes naturally to her.