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Justice probe has a new target (John Nowacki)
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Edited on Thu May-10-07 01:18 AM by maddezmom
Source: Chicago Tribune

By Andrew Zajac
Washington Bureau
Published May 9, 2007, 9:56 PM CDT


WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTONAs Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales prepares to testify Thursday on the controversial firings of federal prosecutors, congressional investigators are scrutinizing the role of a little-known but high-ranking Justice Department official who helped shape the department's widely criticized response to those dismissals.

John Nowackiwho had limited courtroom experience when he was promoted into a senior position overseeing federal prosecutorshas quietly played a key role in the campaign to contain the fallout. That campaign, as much as the dismissals themselves, has crippled the department and threatens to topple Gonzales.

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Nowacki, 35, has not been accused of wrongdoing, and he did not return e-mails or calls seeking comments. A Justice Department spokesman said in a statement that Nowacki "plans to comply" with the committee's interview request, and the department noted that trial work is not a prerequisite for his current job.

The former director of legal policy at a right-leaning think tank, Nowacki worked closely with Goodling to track the progress of congressional investigations and helped fashion testimony by top Justice Department officials, according to records released in the inquiry. That testimony is under review by departmental watchdogs trying to determine if Justice Department authorities intentionally misled Congress.

~snip~

Goodling and other agency officials engaged in damage control frequently dealt directly with Nowacki, bypassing his boss in the executive office of U.S. attorneys, Michael Battle, a former judge and prosecutor.


Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0705...



Great blog with loads of info on Nowacki:
Mister Apologist
Document Dump- John Nowacki
http://misterapologist.blogspot.com/2007/03/document-du...
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