What was Lam investigating?

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall
(March 13, 2007 — 11:17 PM EST // link)
Getting down to the real nub of the story. Here’s a clip from McClatchy’s overnight piece

In an e-mail dated May 11, 2006, Sampson urged the White House counsel’s office to call him regarding “the real problem we have right now with Carol Lam,” who then the U.S. attorney for southern California. Earlier that morning, the Los Angeles Times reported that Lam’s corruption investigation of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., had expanded to include another California Republican, Rep Jerry Lewis.

Cunningham is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence in Arizona. Lewis has not been charged with any crime. Lam was forced to resign.

In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he wants to know whether Lam was fired for the Cunningham case or because “she was about to investigate other people who were politically powerful.” Lam declined to talk publicly about her dismissal.

I’m going from recollection here. But I think the email they’re referring to is one Paul Kiel and I were reading over together this afternoon. If it’s the one I’m thinking of, the email clearly gave the sense that there was an unspoken reason for Lam’s dismissal. But it was a bit too vague and meandering to really point to any one thing. The date, though, really speaks volumes.

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