Sen. Feinstein seizes on DoJ documents

Justice Department performance evaluations released to senators over the weekend further validate concerns that six dismissed U.S. attorneys were asked to resign for political purposes, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinOvernight Cybersecurity: DHS cyber nominee vows to make election security 'top priority' | CIA to allow lawmakers to review classified info on Haspel | Dems raise security concerns about Trump's phone use Democrats fret over GOP changes to Mueller bill Feinstein introduces bill allowing DHS to quickly remove 'compromised software' MORE (D-Calif.) said yesterday.

Feinstein forwarded the six evaluations to Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees Harry Reid: ‘The less we talk about impeachment, the better off we are’ Lobbying world MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees McConnell hits back at 'ridiculous' Chinaperson remark GOP senator: 'We were there' on immigration before talks got derailed MORE (R-Ky.) along with a letter urging floor time for her bill, which would reverse a statutory change last year that allows the Bush administration to indefinitely install federal prosecutors without seeking Senate confirmation.

Several of the fired attorneys were involved in political corruption probes in the months before their departures were sought by Justice, including San Diego’s Carol Lam, who secured three indictments in the investigation of former GOP Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (Calif.). Judiciary Committee Democrats had vowed to subpoena the performance evaluations if the administration did not furnish copies, but the reports only heightened Feinstein’s skepticism about Justice’s explanation that the dismissed attorneys had performance problems.

“Indeed, contrary to the department’s rationalizations to explain their dismissals, in every case the fired U.S. attorney was judged to have a strategic plan and appropriate priorities to meet the needs of the Department and their districts,” Feinstein wrote in yesterday’s letter, reminding leaders of her bill, which is cosponsored by Judiciary ranking member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.).