Expected to do his job…sickening and unprecedented
It’s just sickening to be expected to do one’s job…at least if you happen to be a federal prosecutor. And being called by the folks who authorize your paycheck and asked when results might be expected? “Unprecedented.”
A fired federal prosecutor told a Senate committee Tuesday that he felt “leaned on” and sickened as Republican Sen. Pete Domenici hung up on him in disgust last fall when told that indictments in a corruption case against Democrats would not be issued before the fall elections.
“He said, ‘Are these going to be filed before November?’ ” former federal prosecutor David Iglesias, one of eight U.S. attorneys summarily fired in recent months, told the panel. “I said I didn’t think so. And to which he replied, ‘I’m very sorry to hear that.’ And then the line went dead.”…
“I felt leaned on. I felt pressured to get these matters moving,” Iglesias testified.
Asked by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, whether such a call was unusual in Iglesias’ experience, the former prosecutor answered, “Unprecedented.”
Apparently being a US Attorney is even more of a plum job than it appeared on the surface. In addition to all the perks we knew about, these folks are apparently supposed to be above criticism and immune from a call from the boss asking when the the job will be done. Expected to do their job? Sickening. Actually called and asked when they will do their job? Unprecedented. Having a job where you don’t have to actually perform or meet deadlines? Priceless. There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s always the federal budget.