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Scoop Links: U.S. Attorney Firing Scandal Heats Up

Published: Tue 13 Mar 2007 01:01 PM
New York Times Paul Krugman - Overblown Personnel Matters
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Overblown Personnel Matters
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times
Monday 12 March 2007
Nobody is surprised to learn that the Justice Department was lying when it claimed that recently fired federal prosecutors were dismissed for poor performance. Nor is anyone surprised to learn that White House political operatives were pulling the strings.
What is surprising is how fast the truth is emerging about what Alberto Gonzales, the attorney general, dismissed just five days ago as an "overblown personnel matter."
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McClatchy Newspapers : Rove's Involvement in US Attorney Firings Confirmed by White House
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White House Says Rove Relayed Complaints About Prosecutors
By Ron Hutcheson, Marisa Taylor and Margaret Talev
Sunday 11 March 2007
Washington - The White House acknowledged on Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove served as a conduit for complaints about federal prosecutors as House investigators declared their intention to question him about any role he may have played in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Rove relayed complaints from Republican officials and others to the Justice Department and the White House counsel's office. She said Rove, the chief White House political operative, specifically recalled passing along complaints about former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias and may have mentioned the grumblings about Iglesias to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
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http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/16878479.htm
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Associated Press - Senator Schumer Says Gonzales Should Go
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Senator Schumer Says Gonzales Should Go
The Associated Press
Sunday 11 March 2007
Washington - The Senate's No. 3 Democrat said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign because he is putting politics above the law. Sen. Charles Schumer cited the FBI's illegal snooping into people's private lives and the Justice Department's firing of federal prosecutors.
Schumer, D-New York, said Gonzales repeatedly has shown more allegiance to President Bush than to citizens' legal rights since taking his job in early 2005.
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/11/congress.gonzales.ap/index.html
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