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Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

By The Associated Press

On Karl Rove and the attorney dismissals:

In October of last year, the inspector general at the Department of Justice issued a scathing assessment of the removal of nine U.S. attorneys two years earlier. The report described the dismissals as "fundamentally flawed." ...

... All along, the Bush White House insisted that Justice made the calls. After testifying recently before the House Judiciary Committee in a closed session, Karl Rove, the powerful Bush political adviser, shared that he played a peripheral role. ...

Now Rove faces a more difficult task, explaining thousands of pages of internal White House e-mail and other congressional testimony indicating that White House aides were much more actively involved than previously admitted. ...

The messages make plain White House unhappiness with David Iglesias, the U.S. attorney in New Mexico, fired in December 2006. A Rove aide noted that Republicans in the state "are really angry over his (Iglesias') lack of action on voter fraud stuff."

... Iglesias has maintained that the cases involving corruption and voter fraud were not strong enough to move forward. He performed as a prosecutor should. Karl Rove and others in the White House? They deserve close examination as a way to signal the consequences when the first principles of Justice are betrayed.

-- Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal