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Gonzales finally gives Fitzgerald ‘a good evalution.’

By Amanda Terkel  

"Gonzales finally gives Fitzgerald ‘a good evalution.’"

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The Washington Post’s Al Kamen reports:

In the Justice Department’s Great Hall (the very room where giant, blue drapes covered the underdressed statuary during John Ashcroft’s tenure as attorney general), an array of prosecutors, securities regulators and FBI honchos gathered yesterday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force.

“Good job,” Gonzales said, extending his hand to Fitzgerald. Must have been thinking of Fitzgerald’s office’s successful prosecution last week of media mogul Conrad Black for fraud, obstruction, etc. Fitzgerald, taken aback, didn’t say much in response, our colleague Carrie Johnson reports.

Loop Fans may recall that a former Gonzales aide had placed Fitzgerald’s name on a list of prosecutors who had “not distinguished themselves” in March 2005, just after Fitzgerald had indicted former GOP Illinois governor George Ryan and as he was investigating the leak of the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

UPDATE: Kamen adds that President Bush did not recognize Gonzales’ at yesterday’s White House Tee Ball game. “I see Alphonso Jackson and Dirk Kempthorne of my Cabinet, who have joined us. I’m proud you all are here,” said Bush. Gonzales was sitting directly behind Jackson and Kempthorne.

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