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Patrick Fitzgerald quits U.S. attorney post after nearly 11 years
SunTimes ^ | 5-23-12 | Sun Times Staff

Posted on 05/23/2012 2:36:34 PM PDT by STARWISE

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald — who toppled two Illinois governors and a top aide to the former vice president, and also went after the Chicago mob, a notorious police commander accused of torture and even international terrorists — is stepping down.

The corruption-busting prosecutor said he will leave the post June 30 after serving nearly 11 years in the post, longer than anyone else in Illinois history.

In a written statement, Fitzgerald said he told the White House, Attorney General Eric Holder, and U.S. Sens. Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk about his decision Wednesday morning.

“When I was selected for this position in 2001, I said that it was one of the greatest opportunities that one could ever hope for, and I believe that even more now after having the privilege of working alongside hundreds of dedicated prosecutors and agents,” he said in the statement. “I have tried not to get in their way. I extend my deepest appreciation to the attorneys and staff for their determined commitment to public service. This was a great office when I arrived, and I have no doubt that it will continue to be a great office.”

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Fitzgerald, 51, the father of two children, said he has no job lined up at this point and “will take time off this summer before considering career options.”

Durbin said Wednesday that Fitzgerald “kept his word” when he pledged not to show any political favoritism before taking the post on Sept. 1, 2001.

“His aggressive prosecution of wrongdoing — including politicians in both parties — has given fair warning that no one is above the law,” Durbin said in a statement. “Our nation is fortunate to have public servants of Patrick Fitzgerald’s caliber and integrity.”

Durbin will most likely follow a version of a cooperative arrangement he has used with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in selecting federal judges in recommending a nominee to replace Fitzgerald.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: fitzfong; fitzie; patrickfitzgerald; resignation; usattorney
Well, Dickie Durbin's chice of successor should be interesting. Hope Kirk is strong enough to negotiate for a worthy, non-political replacement. In Illinois, there are always high-placed political croney crimes in progress and more big fish to fry.
1 posted on 05/23/2012 2:36:51 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

Good riddance!!


2 posted on 05/23/2012 2:42:54 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: STARWISE

Gotta replace him now, just in case Mitt wins and replaces him later with a Republican. Have to make sure one of Barry’s friends remains in that post, lest someone less friendly take the post later on.


3 posted on 05/23/2012 2:51:02 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Support hate crime laws: Because some victims are more equal than others.)
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To: RedMDer; trisham; TheOldLady; musicman; vox_freedom; JoeProBono; The Cajun; Lazamataz; moose07; ...

chice = choice

.. Ping!


4 posted on 05/23/2012 2:53:30 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Makes ya wonder how ‘persuadable’ he is.


5 posted on 05/23/2012 2:55:34 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Thane_Banquo

US Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president. If Mitt wins, he can fire all the US Attorneys and replace them with his own appointees.


6 posted on 05/23/2012 2:55:37 PM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius; Thane_Banquo

That’s right! (duh ... Clintons )


7 posted on 05/23/2012 3:06:18 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Just looked over the CHI-Crime thread last week. So much material that has not been prosecuted. Hopefully many arrest before he steps down. Have been waiting for the BIG one for years.


8 posted on 05/23/2012 3:19:25 PM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya."..Is he lying now or was he lying then?)
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To: STARWISE

If for some reason Holder were to step down at DOJ (unlikely), that douchebag Fitzgerald would be on the short list to take over, believe it.


9 posted on 05/23/2012 3:20:23 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mkjessup

With any luck Holder will have to step down in January of 2013, and then President Romney can appoint Fitzgerald to replace him.


10 posted on 05/23/2012 3:32:28 PM PDT by RonF
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To: STARWISE

Bye, Bye AG Fitzgerald; if only we could have said that nine years ago!!!


11 posted on 05/23/2012 3:34:01 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: STARWISE

Gerald Fitzpatrick?


12 posted on 05/23/2012 3:34:33 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Publius Valerius
US Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president. If Mitt wins, he can fire all the US Attorneys and replace them with his own appointees.

If memory serves, GW Bush allowed most/all Clinton-appointed US attorneys to stay. He probably should have cleaned house. This may have cost him in certain cases such as the housing/loan/investment melt-down among others. I fear Mitt will keep Barry's people in place in a similar manner. If I were to bet, I would think Mitt will NOT replace Barry's appointees.

13 posted on 05/23/2012 3:42:19 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: STARWISE

Swishing off into the sunset with his gay lover Gerald Fitzpatrick?


14 posted on 05/23/2012 5:18:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: SERKIT
If memory serves, GW Bush allowed most/all Clinton-appointed US attorneys to stay. He probably should have cleaned house.

Yeah, since Clinton replaced every single US attorney in the country.

Ad then the Left had the absolute gall to scream when Bush wanted to replace ANY of them - and Bush backed down!

Bah.

15 posted on 05/23/2012 5:34:23 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Publius Valerius

Yeah, W tried that. Look where it got him.


16 posted on 05/23/2012 6:03:49 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Support hate crime laws: Because some victims are more equal than others.)
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To: STARWISE

Good riddance. Fitzgerald deserves to do time ....his persecution of Scooter Libby was disgusting.

Fitzpatrick KNEW who inadvertently leaked Valarie Plame’s name before he started the investigation ....and when there was a fairly trivial difference between Libby’s recollection and a newsman’s recollection, he claimed it was perjury and sought big fines and big time. Absolutely horrible actions by an extremely UNETHICAL JERK!!! I would love to see him suffer in a manner like Libby suffered!!


17 posted on 05/23/2012 7:07:39 PM PDT by Vineyard
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To: Vineyard; piasa; Fedora

True ... he’s very quirky, eccentric and stubbornly willful once HIS perception of the crime takes hold in his brain, regardless of any other information. He’s undeterrable. I’d be surprised if he suffers professionally. The rest: in God’s hands.

God bless Scooter and his family. They got it handed to them in spades and shamefully. I’ll never be convinced otherwise. Armitage and Powell should rot somewhere very hot.

And Blago? I’ll always believe the investigation was stopped just short of the really big fish being revealed for their complicity with the Blago arrest.


18 posted on 05/23/2012 7:32:12 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Publius Valerius; SERKIT

You’re correct but recall when Clinton fired them all, there was nary a peep out of the press. When George W. Bush fired only 6 or 7 of Clinton’s appointees, there was a screaming hissy fit about politicizing the U.S. Attorney’s posts.


19 posted on 05/23/2012 7:33:52 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: STARWISE
And Blago? I’ll always believe the investigation was stopped just short of the really big fish being revealed for their complicity with the Blago arrest.

Fitzgerald is just another corrupt .gov thug.

20 posted on 05/23/2012 8:53:43 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Talisker
[Yeah, since Clinton replaced every single US attorney in the country.]

Clinton needed to get rid of the Arkansas AUSA who was looking into Whitewater. To camouflage this move Clinton fired about 80 others.

21 posted on 05/23/2012 9:39:41 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: STARWISE

Soooo, Fitzy promised Dickie that he would prosecute Republicans.....


22 posted on 05/24/2012 1:00:28 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: STARWISE

AMEN!!!


23 posted on 05/24/2012 1:04:02 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: STARWISE
“Our nation is fortunate to have public servants of Patrick Fitzgerald’s caliber and integrity.”

I suppose it's ironic how a corrupt scumbag like Durbin is probably the only person on earth who can keep a straight face when making the above statement about another corrupt scumbag.

24 posted on 05/24/2012 1:09:45 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Thane_Banquo
Gotta replace him now, just in case Mitt wins and replaces him later with a Republican. Have to make sure one of Barry’s friends remains in that post, lest someone less friendly take the post later on.

That's not an issue. Romney, if elected, will likely follow precedent (since Clinton began the practice) and fire all US Attorneys, then reappoint and replace whoever he wants. Of course, liberal Democrat Romney could end up keeping the rats anyway.

25 posted on 05/24/2012 1:15:05 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SERKIT
"I fear Mitt will keep Barry's people in place in a similar manner."

I don't think so -- the essence of Mitten's campaign is, the other guy is an amateur who has appointed amateurs, so let's put an adult back in the office. You got to clean house from there.

26 posted on 05/24/2012 3:38:35 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Publius Valerius

Which is a reminder of another GWB failure - he failed to clean house.


27 posted on 05/24/2012 3:42:46 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Vineyard
"and when there was a fairly trivial difference between Libby’s recollection and a newsman’s recollection, he claimed it was perjury and sought big fines and big time. Absolutely horrible actions by an extremely UNETHICAL JERK!!! I would love to see him suffer in a manner like Libby suffered!!"

Fizzy persecuted Scooter because he couldn't get to Rove, so he went for a neo-con from Cheney's cadre. Scooter copped the charge because (a) he had lousy lawyers and (b) he wanted the Judith Miller affair out of the news.

On August 28, 2006, Christopher Hitchens asserted that Richard Armitage was the primary source of the Valerie Plame leak and that Fitzgerald knew this at the beginning of his investigation.[131] This was supported a month later by Armitage himself, who stated that Fitzgerald had instructed him not to go public with this information.[132] Investor's Business Daily questioned Fitzgerald's truthfulness in an editorial, stating "From top to bottom, this has been one of the most disgraceful abuses of prosecutorial power in this country's history...The Plame case proves [Fitzgerald] can bend the truth with the proficiency of the slickest of pols."[133]

28 posted on 05/24/2012 3:48:15 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: StAnDeliver
"I fear Mitt will keep Barry's people in place in a similar manner."

I don't think so -- the essence of Mitten's campaign is,the other guy is an amateur who has appointed amateurs,so let's put an adult back in the office. You got to clean house from there.

Has the Romney Campaign been asked this very question?

29 posted on 05/24/2012 4:32:04 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I thought he was great. Didn’t Bush appoint him? Why are we bashing a good Republican? Didn’t he get rid of a lot of corrupted people of both parties. I say God Bless him.


30 posted on 05/24/2012 6:52:01 AM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: StAnDeliver

AG Fitzgerald went after Scooter, as the only scapegoat he could snare in a he-said-she-said perjury trap on the erroneous legal premise that the WH “went after” (sought to harm/damage) an individual - the husband of a CIA employee, by “intentionally revealing” the CIA employment aspect of his wife, in order to “cause harm” to an individual whose speech they sought to “suppress”. Nonsense.

The legal premise Fitz employed was wrong and erroneous on a number of counts.

(1) The nature of Ms Plame’s work was not first disclosed by the WH.

(2) What disclosures concerning her identity that did reach the public did not breach any Federal law, given the context of her work and previous disclosures of who she was.

(3) The WH did not “target”, did not “go after”, did not seek to “damage” or “harm” Ms Plame or her husband. The WH “went after” the erroneous story Ms Plame’s husband was telling about an investigation the CIA and State department had sent him on, the “evidence” that investigation produced and the government’s analysis of what was learned by that so-called “investigation”. The interpretation of all these points by Ms Plame’s husband were refuted and contradicted in Congressional testimony by the others in government actually involved in the affair. Ms Plame’s husband’s story was false and the WH had an obligation and responsibility to “go after” that story and refute it. In the process the CIA identity of Ms Plame’s employment was incidental, non-lethal, not illegal, collateral information made public first NOT by the WH or Scooter.

AG Fitz proved himself to be a self-aggrandizing thug seeking a name for himself in history. We can only hope history makes it a name of shame.


31 posted on 05/24/2012 1:13:33 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: STARWISE

So is Obama going to appoint him to a federal judgeship before the end of the year?

My money is on “yes”


32 posted on 05/24/2012 1:16:02 PM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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