Brothers at the bar Charles Schumer, Michael Mukasey, and Eliot Spitzer, three New York lawyers with considerable influence over public policy, crossed paths this week when wiretaps of New York Governor Spitzer arranging for paid sex were made public. Mukasey is the attorney general, and the federal authorities who wiretapped Spitzer work for him. Schumer is the junior senator from New York, and Mukasey was confirmed as attorney general on his say-so. Schumer recommended confirmation despite Mukasey’s refusal to confront racketeers in the executive branch who corrupted federal prosecutors. During his confirmation hearings, Mukasey was asked why Democrats are more often the target of federal prosecutions than Republicans. Not because of anything improper, Mukasey protested, and Schumer and two-thirds of the Senate took him at his word. Now it appears that Democrat Spitzer was specifically targeted by subordinates of Republican Mukasey, who wouldn’t be in office but for Democrat Schumer.
If Schumer had been loyal to the rule of law instead of to his protege, he would long since have called for the removal of Mukasey’s boss, George Bush, whose involvement in the federal prosecutions racket is a matter of public record. Instead, Schumer used the corruption of the executive branch to advance his own position and that of his party. In an ironic twist, Spitzer was forced to resign under threat of impeachment. The state legislature gave him 48 hours. If Bush had received the same treatment a year ago, when we discovered the corruption of federal prosecutors, Spitzer would have been able to book his pricey trysts in private, and New Yorkers would have the governor they elected.