Justice Official: U.S. Attorney Firings Involved Performance


The Justice Department acknowledged to the Senate Judiciary Committee that it fired the U.S. government’s chief prosecutor in Arkansas to replace him with a lawyer who had been an aide to Karl Rove, the Bush administration’s chief political strategist, reports USA Today. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty rejected criticism that the forced resignations of Bud Cummins and six other U.S. attorneys last year were politically inspired, or amounted to retaliation for the attorneys’ involvement in controversial cases.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said the White House’s appointment process for prosecutors was “corrupted with political, rather than prudent, considerations.” McNulty replied: “When I hear you talk about a politicization of the (Justice) Department, it is like a knife in my back.” He said the six prosecutors dismissed besides Cummins were let go for performance-related reasons.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-02-06-prosecutor-rove-aide_x.htm

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