Fired US attorney: Inspector General probing Gonzales is a 'straight shooter'
Fired US Attorney John McKay, who indicated last week that the Justice Department's Inspector General may soon recommend a criminal prosecution of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, appeared on Monday's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
McKay emphasized repeatedly that he has no insider knowledge of the content of the forthcoming Inspector General's report, but said there are signs it is close to completion and may be released within the next few weeks.
"I think very highly of [Inspector General] Glenn Fine," McKay told Olbermann. "He enjoys a very, very good reputation as a straight shooter, as a person of integrity." McKay added that "there's been a dark cloud over the Justice Department" which the report may help lift.
McKay began calling last spring for Gonzales to step down for his role in "a conspiracy to politicize the Justice Department," which McKay suggested might have been masterminded by Karl Rove.
"There were persons at the Justice Department who sought to politicize it in its hiring," McKay told Olbermann, "not just by firing presidentially appointed US Attorneys such as myself but in hiring line Assistant United States Attorneys to prosecute cases on a daily basis or try cases in the Department of Justice. And those who love the Department of Justice as I do are very offended by that."
McKay was among the US Attorneys fired by Gonzales, most likely over his refusal to follow up on allegations of voter fraud in the 2004 election of Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire. Gregoire's narrow margin of victory after two recounts had led to Republican claims of fraud which were clearly unfounded, and McKay's decision not to investigate was supported by both career prosecutors in his office and the FBI.
The following video is from MSNBC's COUNTDOWN with Keith Olbermann, broadcast on October 22, 2007