Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Report: Investigation into the Removal of Nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006


INVESTIGATION INTO THE REMOVAL OF NINE U.S. ATTORNEYS IN 2006
(Office of the Inspector General, September 2008) - A report on the highly-publicized firings of U.S. Attorneys in 2006 that raised concerns over political interference with the U.S. Attorneys. While not declaring an outright politicization of the firing process, the report did find that the process was fundamentally flawed, and accused the person implementing the process of acting arbitrarily, failing to confer with DoJ officials knowledgeable about the Attorneys' performance, and failing to examine formal evaluations of each U.S. Attorney's Office. In addition, the report concluded that statements and congressional testimony by DoJ officials after the firings became public were inconsistent, misleading and inaccurate. The report attributes primary responsibility for the flaws in the firings to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and then-Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty based on their failure to adequately oversee the process. Read more...


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