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Emails Detail White House Plan to Oust US Attorneys


By Richard A. Serrano,
The Los Angeles Times
Wednesday 14 March 2007

Washington - Just weeks after President Bush was inaugurated for a second term in January 2005, his White House and the Department of Justice had pretty much settled on a plan to "push out" some of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys.

But which ones?

D. Kyle Sampson, chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, came up with a checklist. He rated each of the U.S. attorneys with criteria that appeared to value political allegiance as much as job performance.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-emails14mar14,0,7425496,full.story?coll=la-home-headline

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Lawmakers Urge Investigation Into Administration's Prosecutor Purge In Abramoff Case


ThinkProgress.org
Tuesday 13 March 2007

In recent weeks, Congress has investigated the Bush administration's recent purge of qualified, well-respected U.S. attorneys. But one former prosecutor - Frederick A. Black - has received little attention. The administration fired Black shortly after he began investigating Jack Abramoff's dealings in Guam.

Today in a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Reps. George Miller (D-CA) and Nick Rahall (D-WV) urge Congress to investigate "the potential political manipulation by Jack Abramoff and his allies in Congress and the Administration" in the Black case:

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http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031407L.shtml
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/03/13/abramoff-purge-attorney/

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Gonzales Again Called Upon to Resign


By Richard B. Schmitt
The Los Angeles Times
Tuesday 13 March 2007

Washington - A top Senate Democrat today called for the resignation of Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, charging that he had deceived Congress in the widening scandal over the Justice Department's politically charged firing of U.S. attorneys.

One day after D. Kyle Sampson, Gonzales' chief of staff, resigned, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the resignation "does not take the heat off the attorney general. In fact, it raises the temperature."

Calling on Gonzales to resign, Schumer called on White House political guru Karl Rove and former White House Counsel Harriett E. Miers to testify before House and Senate Judiciary Committee hearings without waiting for a subpoena.

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http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031307R.shtml
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-sampson14mar14,0,4705116.story

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