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20. WP: Firings Had Genesis in White House (AG Chief of Staff Resigns)
The White House suggested two years ago that the Justice Department fire all 93 U.S. attorneys, a proposal that eventually resulted in the dismissals of eight prosecutors last year, according to e-mails and internal documents that the administration will provide to Congress today.

The dismissals took place after President Bush told Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales that he had received complaints that some prosecutors had not energetically pursued voter-fraud investigations, according to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.

Gonzales approved the idea of firing a smaller group of U.S. attorneys shortly after taking office in February 2005. The Gonzales aide in charge of the dismissals -- his chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson -- resigned yesterday, officials said, after acknowledging that he did not tell Justice officials about the extent of his communications with the White House, leading them to provide incomplete information to Congress.


Seven U.S. attorneys were fired on Dec. 7, and another was fired months earlier, with little explanation from the Justice Department. Several former prosecutors have since alleged intimidation, including improper telephone calls from GOP lawmakers or their aides, and have alleged threats of retaliation by a Justice Department official.

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  - These were my favorite tidbits.  Patsy Stone   Mar-12-07 11:22 PM   #1 
  - No wonder he wanted Miers on the supreme court  matt819   Mar-12-07 11:34 PM   #4 
  - I liked this part, too...  8_year_nightmare   Mar-13-07 01:03 PM   #66 
  - So, Bush was "deeply involved." I'm shocked, ... shocked I tell you!  Bozita   Mar-12-07 11:26 PM   #2 
  - Very important stuff...  never cry wolf   Mar-12-07 11:33 PM   #3 
  - This is amazing - voter fraud? How to change reality.  higher class   Mar-12-07 11:34 PM   #5 
  - Just like the Patriot Acts, Clear Skies, and Clean Water bills  Bozita   Mar-12-07 11:50 PM   #7 
  - Notice "voter fraud" not "vote fraud"  central scrutinizer   Mar-13-07 12:40 PM   #65 
     - Excellent catch - you're right - it's a nothing. As usual. I hope that  higher class   Mar-13-07 01:35 PM   #67 
  - This really isn't a big deal  Taoschick   Mar-12-07 11:36 PM   #6 
  - All of the fired people were appointed by Bush  Frances   Mar-13-07 12:05 AM   #8 
  - It doesn't change the fact  Taoschick   Mar-13-07 12:10 AM   #9 
     - Why don't you read some of the articles on this and other threads  Frances   Mar-13-07 12:20 AM   #12 
     - Actually, I'm fairly "enlightened"  Taoschick   Mar-13-07 12:30 AM   #16 
        - Really - I heard on the tv that only 6 US attorneys have been  DURHAM D   Mar-13-07 12:41 AM   #17 
        - So?  Taoschick   Mar-13-07 12:54 AM   #18 
        - You are missing a major portion of why this is important  DURHAM D   Mar-13-07 01:13 AM   #26 
        - So ....  Trajan   Mar-13-07 02:47 AM   #31 
           - I have to agree with taoschick  swwallace81   Mar-13-07 07:41 AM   #42 
              - Not about the firings  spotbird   Mar-13-07 08:13 AM   #45 
        - That's not true.  TX-RAT   Mar-13-07 11:03 AM   #58 
        - You might want to wash those words before you eat them.  aquart   Mar-13-07 03:27 AM   #36 
        - Gosh. If you say so. We'll all go sit down and shut up now.  onehandle   Mar-13-07 07:21 AM   #40 
        - It's been done before, it will be done again,  TX-RAT   Mar-13-07 10:52 AM   #57 
        - When he came into office he sure did. That is to be expected.  kestrel91316   Mar-13-07 11:52 AM   #61 
        - Was Clinton or Hillary asked to go under oath over Attny. firings?  Dr Fate   Mar-21-07 09:04 AM   #71 
        - It's Called Obstruction of Justice; and It Is Illegal  Demeter   Mar-21-07 10:01 AM   #72 
        - It does matter WHY it's done if the express purpose is to obstruct justice  alcibiades_mystery   Mar-21-07 10:22 AM   #74 
     - Why?  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Mar-13-07 12:27 AM   #15 
     - Yo TS -- can you elaborate on the P Abu committed?  dotcosm   Mar-13-07 01:00 AM   #19 
     - Under oath, before Congress...  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Mar-13-07 01:32 AM   #27 
        - How very odd.  dotcosm   Mar-13-07 01:53 AM   #28 
        - Insanity is...  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Mar-13-07 01:55 AM   #29 
        - "Under oath"? He lied under oath?  aquart   Mar-13-07 03:25 AM   #35 
     - "Traumatic proctology"  aquart   Mar-13-07 04:13 AM   #39 
     - Congress and the American people  spotbird   Mar-13-07 08:16 AM   #46 
     - I think the point you may be missing  LanternWaste   Mar-13-07 08:18 AM   #49 
     - really lets talk about travel gate instead.  Evergreen Emerald   Mar-13-07 08:29 AM   #51 
     - Not true. Congress has a LOT to say about it -- specifically,  Morgana LaFey   Mar-13-07 11:30 AM   #59 
     - Trivial. Right.  kestrel91316   Mar-13-07 11:48 AM   #60 
  - Oh, dear me.  aquart   Mar-13-07 03:22 AM   #34 
  - You are quite mistaken.  spotbird   Mar-13-07 08:06 AM   #44 
  - It's not that big a deal when a new president takes office.  tanyev   Mar-13-07 08:16 AM   #47 
  - For the same reason Clinton,  spotbird   Mar-13-07 08:25 AM   #50 
     - Yes, a new administration does this.  tanyev   Mar-13-07 08:39 AM   #52 
        - Sorry, I didn't read your  spotbird   Mar-13-07 09:09 AM   #54 
        - No prob.  tanyev   Mar-13-07 09:29 AM   #55 
        - not only in term 2 but in mid-term of term 2  maddezmom   Mar-13-07 11:53 AM   #62 
  - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!! Really??? No Big Deal??? ROFL!!!  Beetwasher   Mar-13-07 09:32 AM   #56 
  - You're right, Taoschick.  Psephos   Mar-13-07 12:14 PM   #63 
  - B.S.-People in the center wouldnt mind if Rove went under oath.  Dr Fate   Mar-21-07 09:00 AM   #70 
  - And then the investigation into Rostenkowski stopped dead in its tracks  alcibiades_mystery   Mar-21-07 10:26 AM   #75 
  - No?  MsMagnificent   Mar-21-07 08:51 AM   #69 
  - WP: Firings Had Genesis in White House  utopiansecretagent   Mar-13-07 12:14 AM   #10 
  - Thanks for adding this WP article, agent! nt  DeepModem Mom   Mar-13-07 12:15 AM   #11 
  - k/r and see wp on this  usregimechange   Mar-13-07 12:21 AM   #13 
  - Hello, little story;  bleever   Mar-13-07 12:24 AM   #14 
  - WP: Firings Had Genesis in White House (AG Chief of Staff Resigns)  usregimechange   Mar-13-07 01:12 AM   #20 
  - Right.  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Mar-13-07 01:12 AM   #21 
  - He's the Libby du jour n/t  dotcosm   Mar-13-07 01:12 AM   #22 
  - Oh, the voter-fraud strawman to cover up the REAL election fraud, yes? My God, they really  Redstone   Mar-13-07 01:12 AM   #23 
  - Yum!  rocknation   Mar-13-07 01:12 AM   #24 
  - Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins?  Conscious Confucius   Mar-13-07 01:12 AM   #25 
     - Phil. Absolutely Phil. Pete would have had nothing to do with this "genesis."  mikeytherat   Mar-13-07 07:30 AM   #41 
  - K & R . Let's hope every Senator and Representative  JohnnyLib2   Mar-13-07 02:20 AM   #30 
  - look at where this email went:  rodeodance   Mar-13-07 03:00 AM   #32 
  - Can you say: metastasize?  aquart   Mar-13-07 03:15 AM   #33 
  - according to this-Bush was out of the Loop.  rodeodance   Mar-13-07 03:39 AM   #37 
     - So Bush has no control over what happens in the White House?  aquart   Mar-13-07 04:09 AM   #38 
     - Just like his daddy. Out of the loop.  kath   Mar-21-07 10:31 AM   #76 
  - Spin the donkey  Loge23   Mar-13-07 08:02 AM   #43 
  - The notion that bush called to complain about them not pursuing vote fraud  bullimiami   Mar-13-07 08:16 AM   #48 
  - And that spin point will unravel soon enough  Wednesdays   Mar-13-07 08:52 AM   #53 
     - unless it was some tenuous charge against a democrat.  bullimiami   Mar-13-07 02:53 PM   #68 
  - junta should recruit Chiefs of Staff from a pool of diesel mechanics  havocmom   Mar-13-07 12:16 PM   #64 
  - This gets better and better....  BluePatriot   Mar-21-07 10:03 AM   #73 

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