Another Justice Dept. official quits

An assistant attorney general at the Justice Department announced her resignation on Friday, becoming the seventh official to quit the department since the Democratic-led Congress launched an investigation in March into the firing of nine federal prosecutors.

Rachel Brand, assistant attorney general for legal policy, said she would step down on July 9. No reason was given.

Brand was nominated to her position on March 29, 2005, and confirmed by the Senate four months later.

She was responsible for preparing Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito for their confirmation hearings and helped in the reauthorization in 2006 of the USA Patriot Act, an anti-terrorism law that Congress approved after the September 11 attacks.

Last week, President George W. Bush’s nominee for the third-ranking Justice Department post withdrew his name just days before a Senate committee was to hold a hearing on his nomination.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who heads the Justice Department, has been under pressure for months to step down over the firing of the U.S. attorneys, which was part of a plan that originated at the White House.

Critics have questioned whether politics played an improper role in the dismissals. Bush and Gonzales say the firing of nine of the 93 U.S. attorneys, all Bush appointees, was justified, although mishandled.


  1. bryan mcclellan

    Everything that dubs tenure has spawned has been engineered by and with the intent of unjustifiable underhandedness.Mishandled HA!Signing statements YA.His minions are running for the exits hoping the strokes of his paint job with the toilet brush will somehow wash off of their souls. Woe betide the cowards with stripes of yellow and brown upon their backs.

  2. Bill Jonke

    No matter how much or how vigorously they shower, the filth will never come off.

    The odor of rot will remain with them until they die, and even after that, history accounts will keep that stench alive.

    Some immortality!

  3. Arlo J. Thudpucker

    The Orkin Men, Leahy and Conyers, are causing the vermin to scuttle out from under their rocks. It’s clear to these “insiders” that the jig is up.

    Somehow, “rats” and “sinking ship” come to mind.

    The investigations may well lead to a number of indictments, as well as one or more impeachments.

  4. gene

    Another resignation, so what. Like we don’t know the whole barrel of apples are rotten to the core.

    Ever heard of a “rock and a hard place”. Thats where we are assuming congress were not a group of brain dead retards. Even if impeachment ever comes to the table now, these to clowns (Bush and Cheney) will be exiting. So what if we start prosecuting all their lackys, shit it will only cost the nation millions if not billions of dollars. And then what happens, we send this army of shit-head bastards to a Holiday Inn to serve out their time.

    This country deserves its eventual death and I for one and looking forward to watching in first hand. The citizens, the government are all deformed retards that don’t deserve to suck oxygen. Excluding those here that post at CHB!!!

    God…I need a drink.