Washington Memo: Taking On Gonzales

Look closely during upcoming Hill hearings into the U.S. Attorneys scandal, and there, whispering in Senator Chuck Schumer's ear, you'll see the person who has quietly powered the Senate's expanding investigation. Preet Bharara, Schumer's chief counsel on the Judiciary Committee, prosecuted the Colombo and Gambino crime families as an assistant U.S. Attorney before Schumer hired him in January 2005. Early this year, he began picking up complaints about the Bush Administration's firing of the eight U.S. Attorneys from sources in the Justice Department and suggested Schumer hold hearings. Now he's the point man on the probe.

Which puts him on the...

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