So, the Bush Administration seems busy these days with firing US prosecutors who may have done their jobs too well, refusing to give in to Republican pressure. Enforcement – whether at the EPA, OSHA, USDA or other Federal agencies – has been crippled by this administration. The firing of eight Federal prosecutors by Bush, and the claim that all eight performed poorly on the job – a claim that has been proved false by the leak of these ousted attorneys' performance reviews – is intended to throw a pall over enforcement and prosecution, further crippling Federal oversight meant to protect us from crime, environmental hazards, and other menaces.
This may benefit Rubashkin, who is a large contributor to Republican causes, and other haredim currently said to be targets of Justice Department (and other agencies') probes.
Then again, the cronyism of the Bush White House may lead others to forge ahead as a means of resistance – especially as the new Congress uncovers more Bush corruption and incompetence.
Let's hope the latter assessment is the case.