Mercer’s Non-Move

Bill Mercer’s announcement that he’s stepping down is much more interesting than the other clique resignations for several reasons (thanks to TeddySF for the heads up). First, his "resignation" does not mean he leaves DOJ; rather, he simply avoids a nomination hearing. And that’s a nomination hearing that would have been challenging, to say the least.

William W. Mercer— who had been acting associate attorney general since September –withdrew his nomination for the job just days before he was scheduledto appear at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday.

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"After much consideration, I have concluded that it is highly unlikelythat both the Judiciary Committee and the Senate will take promptaction on my nomination in the near term, if ever," Mercer wrote.

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Justice officials said Mercer made the decision to withdraw, based onhis assessment of expected opposition from many Democrats and uncertainsupport from Republicans. No GOPmembers were expected to show up for Tuesday’s confirmation hearingbecause of the Senate immigration debate, one official said.

But note the word games! Mercer claims he was resigning because SJC wouldn’t act on his nomination–but there was a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, so it’s clear they were prepared to act on his nomination. Further, note that the official in the last paragraph here appears to be a Justice Department official. So while DOJ is spinning GOP Senators’ refusal to appear at a Mercer hearing as related to the immigration debate, that information is not coming from someone–such as a GOP Senator–who would know why the GOP was going to stand up Mercer.

Which all suggests we need to read this resignation as something different–not an attempt to leave DOJ, but a move to make sure Mercer can stay at DOJ, even if only in his role as USA for Montana. And I find that interesting for a few reasons–it raises questions about why it was so important for Mercer to remain USA in Montana, when he really hasn’t been focusing on his job there for about 3 years.

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  1. BlueStateRedhead says:

    Good morning!
    Many thanks for being willing to sideline CIPA and Libby for this sidelight/insight on Mercer. A couple of questions that are not OT, I think:

    1. is it true that the Senate committee on Indian affairs holds hundreds of thousands of documents collected for their Abramoff investigation that were not exploited at the time.
    2. If true, are they potentially useful for e-mail use by WH via the RCN and maybe DOJ, think Mercer?
    3. If true then why the hell have we not heard anything from that committee and is there anything we can do about it?

  2. victoria2dc says:

    1. Is it true that the Senate committee on Indian affairs holds hundreds of thousands of documents collected for their Abramoff investigation that were not exploited at the time.

    If you read dengre @ dailykos, you will find out that he believes that McCain (as former committee chair) stonewalled the investigation. He says that 750,000 e-mails were subpoened. I wrote to the current chairman (Dorogan) and absolutely no response.

    Wanna’ do something about this? Write to Waxman, Conyers and Lehey and see which one will check it out first. I’ve written to all of them and NOTHING!

    2. If true, are they potentially useful for e-mail use by WH via the RCN and maybe DOJ, think Mercer?

    I think they must be useful… but I don’t know if it has anything to do with Mercer. McCain knows but he is about on his way out of the Senate and out to some old people’s home in AZ. People who say he has integrity are certainly wrong!

    3. If true then why the hell have we not heard anything from that committee and is there anything we can do about it?

    Who knows why. We can only speculate. However, the question in my mind is if the committee is holding them or if they’ve been sent to DOJ for safekeeping

    As I said, we should call and write to all of them demanding ACTION! They may not need to take them to court to find missing e-mails. They may be sitting on them and they may be too stupid to know it.

    I don’t have the dengre diary URLS, but they are there. He has written many, many times on this subject and knows what he is talking about!

  3. Anonymous says:

    1. Is it true that the Senate committee on Indian affairs holds hundreds of thousands of documents collected for their Abramoff investigation that were not exploited at the time.

    If you read dengre @ dailykos, you will find out that he believes that McCain (as former committee chair) stonewalled the investigation. He says that 750,000 e-mails were subpoened. I wrote to the current chairman (Dorogan) and absolutely no response.

    Wanna’ do something about this? Write to Waxman, Conyers and Lehey and see which one will check it out first. I’ve written to all of them and NOTHING!

    2. If true, are they potentially useful for e-mail use by WH via the RCN and maybe DOJ, think Mercer?

    I think they must be useful… but I don’t know if it has anything to do with Mercer. McCain knows but he is about on his way out of the Senate and out to some old people’s home in AZ. People who say he has integrity are certainly wrong!

    3. If true then why the hell have we not heard anything from that committee and is there anything we can do about it?

    Who knows why. We can only speculate. However, the question in my mind is if the committee is holding them or if they’ve been sent to DOJ for safekeeping

    As I said, we should call and write to all of them demanding ACTION! They may not need to take them to court to find missing e-mails. They may be sitting on them and they may be too stupid to know it.

    I don’t have the dengre diary URLS, but they are there. He has written many, many times on this subject and knows what he is talking about!