January 6, 2006, - 11:33 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Uh-Oh. New recess-appointment ICE Princess, Julie L. Myers, doesn’t begin the job at Immigration and Customs Enforcement until Monday. But she’s already hired an even more inexperienced and incompetent side-kick/advance boy, Daniel T. Fahner (he’s been at ICE for a month, preparing for her arrival and reporting back to the Princess about the goings on). Oh, and he has cronies in high places . . . just like Julie Myers.
Myers claimed that, to overcome her absolute lack of law enforcement experience, she’d surround herself with seasoned ICE people. Not quite.
Daniel Fahner is only 30, and, until recently, was exclusively a litigation attorney at disgraced felon/lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s firm, Greenberg Traurig. Here’s his bio (the firm removed it, but thank Heaven for google’s cached files). The guy looks like he just had his Bar Mitzvah, yesterday. Her first hire . . . not a very good sign.
How does a 30-year-old commercial and corporate litigator (who did some criminal defense, nice) know anything about running the most important agency when it comes to stopping illegal immigration, money-laundering and smuggling? He doesn’t.
But he does know the right people. Besides knowing fellow cronyist and new boss Ms. Julie, Fahner’s daddy, Tyrone C. Fahner, was Chairman (in 2002) of one of the world’s biggest, most high-priced law firms, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, where he is now a partner. Reading about him is revealing about the background of his son, the ICE Princess’ new courtier.
We learned that Pere Fahner, a high-priced criminal defense attorney for much of his career (and currently), also filed class-action lawsuits and owned a Porsche AND a Lexus. We learned that he was friends with then-Illinois Republican Governor Jim Thompson (of the 9/11 Commission), who appointed him Illinois Attorney General. We learned that affirmative action hiring and “diversity” is VERY important to him. Will that be the course of action at ICE? We learned that the senior Fahner was on his firm’s “government practice group.” If that’s still the case, we think he needs to quit that (hello, conflict of interest).
We learned that Daddy Fahner is friends with U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joel Flaum, who–whadda coincidence!–hired Daniel Fahner as his “judicial extern” (whatever that means). We learned that Pops Fahner is also friends with the Dean of Northwestern University Law School. Guess which law school admitted and graduated Daniel Fahner?
It’s official: Both Julie Myers and her new flunky are lawyers with Ph.Ds in cronyism. How that translates into stopping illegal aliens and money laundering, we’d love to know.
Who is coming to the Myers’ ICE team that has even a modicum of law enforcement experience and some minimum qualifications? We can see President Bush’s use of a recess appointment for this lightweight went to such good use. NOT.
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