" Fitzgerald is an Irish doorman’s son who attended a Jesuit high school, then Amherst College — where he was a Phi Beta Kappa mathematics and economics major — and Harvard.
A witness in the case said of Fitzgerald – "As White House staffers, ..you had generals and Cabinet secretaries being deferential to you. He didn’t care what you’d done or how well you knew the president." Wasshpost
This man is a politician’s worst nightmare. He doesn’t "care what you’d done or how well you knew the president."" He reminds me of the portrait of Robert Kennedy in Richard Mahoney’s book, "Sons and Brothers." Relentless, dogged, thorough, a workaholic who goes home to Chicago on the weekends. He has priorities and they are not all about his career. Men like this are not driven by self interest so much as they are by an internal demand for justice and virtue in the world.
He is unimpressed by the argument that "we have always done it that way." Graft, character assasination as political "business as usual," influence peddling? Men like this are outraged by such things.
Nora O’Donnell of NBC news said last week that she had been told by someone interrogated by Fitzgerald that he could best be described as "pious." That strikes me as apt.
Piety can be religious or it can be civic as the Romans would have understood this virtue, as Marcus Aurelius would have understood it. In either case, Fitzgerald’s piety is "bad news" for a number of people.
He will do what he is going to do, and partisan hand-wringing will not affect him.