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So our friends over at the U-T have this shocker today: the Bush administration has asked San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam to step down.

Since taking the position in 2002, Lam has been as powerful of a legal and political force the city has seen in recent years. She’s gone after three San Diego city councilmen in a strip-club bribe case, indicted five former city pension officials involved in the city’s financial meltdown, and taken down a sitting congressman in a massive bribe scandal.

She’s made her most vocal enemies for focusing less on immigration and smuggling cases.

And there’s also this from the Los Angeles Times earlier in the month:

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors in San Diego have subpoenaed documents from three House committees as part of an investigation into special-interest earmarks in spending bills.

The demand ratchets up an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego into contracts awarded by the Defense Department and other agencies. The probe stems from the bribery case against Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe), who pleaded guilty and resigned in 2005.

The subpoenas went to the House armed services, appropriations and intelligence committees.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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