Look who is coming for a roundtable discussion with Mr. Fitzgerald:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is likely to face questions about the allegedly mediocre status of U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald when he arrives here Tuesday for a scheduled round table discussion and press conference.
Gonzales is supposed to be at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse to discuss the "Project Safe Childhood" campaign designed to protect kids from online predators. But he's likely to be asked to field inquiries about Fitzgerald being ranked as undistinguished on a chart sent to the White House from the Justice Department in 2005, as well as the controversial fall firings of a group of U.S. attorneys.
Gonzales is to appear for a round table discussion of the project with Fitzgerald and Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
The mediocre rating has been the subject of much joking among prosecutors, federal agents, defense lawyers and the press in the city, and especially at the building where Fitzgerald has earned accolades for sweeping public corruption investigations….
Gonzales's trip will come as he faces mounting pressure over the firings last fall of eight federal prosecutors. He has received support from President Bush, but a growing group in Congress has called for him to step down.
Questions about Gonzales's credibility have grown sharper since March 13, when he denied taking part in discussions about the firings which some allege were politically motivated. Documents later showed Gonzales was in meetings on the topic and approved the moves. (emphasis mine)
Well, that should make for quite the comfortable roundtable discussion and presser, eh? Especially with the conservative Chicago Tribune lauding Fitzgerald's performance as a prosecutor, and calling Gonzales' credibility into question before he ever gets to town. Funny how a little thing like integrity can stand out — especially when people are questioning whether or not you have any, eh, Mr. Attorney General? Quite the contrast between the AG and Fitzgerald. One wonders how their discussions will go. I know I'll be keeping an eye on that.
(H/T to Effwit for spotting this one. Nice.)
PS — Nothing but best wishes to Tony Snow and his family.