Recent revelations that eight federal prosecutors working for the Bush Administration were fired for political reasons have revived concerns by New Hampshire Democrats about Republican phone-jamming during the 2004 presidential election. Democrats are accusing the Bush Administration of delaying prosecution of the phone-jamming incident — a federal crime — because of the firings.
In an Associated Press story in the today’s Laconia Citizen, state Democratic chair, Kathy Sullivan, is asking for a new investigation into the delay and its relationship to Attorney Alberto Gonzales and the eight fired prosecutors.
The original case resulted in four criminal convictions, including that of Republican strategist James Tobin, of Bangor, Maine, who was New England chairman of President Bush’s re-election campaign two years later.
”Why did it take so long for the indictment against Mr. Tobin to be brought?” she (Sullivan) asked. ”His name was apparently out there and known to the Department of Justice for several months and yet nothing was done with him until after the 2004 election.”
As noted in the AP story, last week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton pointed to the jamming case as evidence of a ”vast, right-wing conspiracy.”
“To the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s credit, they sued and the trail led all the way to the Republican National Committee,” Clinton said.
”So if anybody tells you there is no vast, right-wing conspiracy, tell them that New Hampshire has proven it in court,” she said.