GOP Rep.: US Attorney Iglesias fired 'because he's an idiot'
David Edwards and Josh Catone
Published: Sunday July 8, 2007
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Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Chris Cannon (R-UT) appeared on Fox News Sunday this morning to debate the politicization of the Justice Department.

Van Hollen argued that the firing of US Attorney David Iglesias in New Mexico last December was evidence of that politicized culture.

"It was clearly a case of trying to push somebody who exercises independent judgment," Van Hollen said of phone calls placed to Iglesias by Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) to pressure the attorney to prosecute certain voter fraud cases.

Van Hollen said that Iglesias was fired because he ultimately did not "take orders from the White House" on those cases.

Cannon then spoke over Van Hollen, saying, "No, no, he was fired because he's an idiot."

The following video is from Fox's Fox News Sunday, broadcast on July 8.