Nora Dannehy, the special prosecutor tapped to investigate potential criminal violations tied to the Bush administration’s removal of nine U.S. Attorneys, has wrapped up the probe with a finding that no criminal charges be filed, reports the National Law Journal. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, said the investigation, which began in 2008, found the evidence “did not demonstrate any prosecutable criminal offense” in the removal of U.S. Attorney David Iglesias of New Mexico. Dannehy said the evidence did not justify broadening the scope of the investigation beyond the removal of Iglesias.
A report by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Office of the Inspector General said that then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson, made misleading statements about the case. Weich said Attorney General Eric Holder “remains deeply dismayed by the OIG and OPR findings related to politicization of the Department’s actions, and has taken steps to ensure those mistakes will not be repeated.”