Imagine his score if he'd indicted Rove

As it moved to fire prosecutors, the Justice Department ranked Patrick Fitzgerald as "not distinguished."

Published March 20, 2007 1:24PM (EDT)

In a Justice Department chart sent to the White House in 2005, Plamegate special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald -- who is also the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois -- was ranked among prosecutors who had "not distinguished themselves."

As the Washington Post reports this morning, that ranking put Fitzgerald somewhere in between "strong U.S. Attorneys ... who exhibited loyalty" to the Bush administration and "weak U.S. Attorneys who ... chafed against administration initiatives, etc."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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