At TPM, we've been taking
a hard look
at the U.S. Attorney in Milwaukee, Steven Biskupic. And so, apparently, have Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A number of Democratic committee members signed a letter
today to Alberto Gonzales seeking answers:
We are concerned whether or not politics may have played a role in a case brought by Stephen Biskupic, the United States Attorney based in Milwaukee, against Georgia Thompson, formerly an official in the administration of Wisconsinâs Democratic governor. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was reportedly so troubled by the insufficiency of the evidence against Ms. Thompson that it made the unusual decision to issue an order reversing Ms. Thompsonâs conviction and releasing her from custody immediately after oral arguments in her appeal.
Democrats are seeking all documents related to Biskupic's handling of that case, including "[a]ll communications between the Department of Justice and any other outside party, including political party officials, regarding the case against Ms. Thompson or the United States Attorneyâs handling of that case."
Since Biskupic's district has come up again and again in relation to voter fraud -- Karl Rove's hobby horse --,the Democrats also want to know about that and ask for all related documents.You can read the letter here
, signed by Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).