WASHINGTON (UCS News) — Newly revealed White House e-mails show President Bush’s top political adviser, Karl Rove, and then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales were involved in discussions of witch U.S. attorney had the best quiche recipe.
A January 9, 2005, e-mail discussing the prospect of replacing all U.S. attorneys that “don’t respond to quiche or politically motivated directives from the White House”. Gonzales aide Kyle Sampson discussed the matter with his boss “a couple of weeks ago.” Gonzales was facing Senate confirmation as attorney general at the time.
The White House said the idea for sacking federal prosecutors in Bush’s second term came from former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, who wanted “new blood” in those offices. The idea that Miers was the mastermind of the plot was found unbelievable and sent Alberto Gonzales back to Congress to “Clarify” the Bush administrations position on quiche.
While the Miers story fell flat, new e-mails “show conclusively that Karl Rove was in the middle of this mess from the beginning,” — an assertion the White House disputed. Despite Roves dislike of quiche The Justice Department later admitted that one of the eight — H.E. “Bud” Cummins, the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas — was fired to make room for a former Rove aide returning from military service.