george bush...friend of johnny sutton. NO pardon for Ramos and Campean. 5 bogus prosecutions of agents by sutton...all dealing with drug smugglers.
From Press Release in post 16:
“Again, we reviewed all of the discovery (and later the trial transcripts), which were provided to our organization over 8 months prior to this highly questionable request by U.S. Attorney Robert Pittman who was nominated by President Obama and confirmed in October 2011.”
The Western District of Texas covers 68 counties and includes Austin, San Antonio and El Paso. The position has been vacant since mid-April 2009 when Johnny Sutton, a George W. Bush appointee, stepped down to enter private practice.
Johnny Sutton said it was soon after he began the job in 2001 that he realized the clout that accompanies being picked by the president and confirmed by the Senate to be a United States attorney.
The power of the position was evident, he said, in the ability to “make things happen” with phone calls to federal law enforcement agents, for example.
“That call would hit like a nuclear bomb,” said Sutton, who was appointed by President George W. Bush.
But others disagree that Pitman will have the leeway to break with the administration, noting that the traditional role of the U.S. attorney is to carry out the will of the president and the attorney general.