The Washington Post offers details from testimony today in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the continuing U.S. attorney saga.
James Comey, the Justice Department’s former No. 2 official, testified that he wasn’t familiar with any problems with fired U.S. Attorney Carol Lam’s immigration prosecutions.
Perhaps most damaging to the Justice Department was Comey’s description of Carol C. Lam of San Diego as “a fine U.S. attorney.” Lam, who oversaw the prosecution of former GOP congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, has been the target of sharp criticism from Justice officials and Republican lawmakers for alleged shortcomings in her prosecution of firearms and immigration cases.
Comey acknowledged that he was concerned about Lam’s record on firearms cases, but said he discussed the issue with her and did not view it as an offense worthy of her dismissal in light of her overall effectiveness as a prosecutor. He said he was never aware of complaints about Lam’s immigration prosecutions during his tenure.