TPM reports that he's responsible for the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act provision that lets the White House replace federal prosecutors it doesn't like -- and without needing Senate confirmation.
How did it get there?What good is a lackey, if he won't "lack" on command?
Former Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) slipped the language into the bill at the very last minute, according to one of the Republican managers of the bill.
A spokesperson for Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who led the House team working on the bill, said that the provision was inserted by Specter into the final draft of the bill. The language was apparently requested by the Justice Department. Specter's office didn't respond to numerous requests for comment.