We should have abandoned the idea ... Because at that point we could really not count on Republicans to cut off investigations or help us at all... If we could do something over again, that would be it. [What I've Learned/Esquire]
That's Alberto Gonzales reflecting on the main mistake they made as they tried to fire US Attorneys who didn't pass political muster.
Because, you know, the most important part of leading the Department of Justice is knowing when to stop breaking the law so that ... um ... no one catches you in the act.
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