Thursday, May 10, 2007

And Then There Were Nine

Just in time for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the Washington Post reports (here) that a ninth U.S. Attorney identified himself as having received a telephone call asking him to resign, this time in January 2006.  Todd Graves, the former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri (Kansas City), said that Michael Battle, then head of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) who also delivered the bad news to the other eight prosecutors, asked him to resign to "give another person a chance."  That was the same reason given to Bud Cummins when he was asked to resign his position in Arkansas.  The person appointed to replace Graves as the interim U.S. Attorney was Bradley J. Schlozman, who had been in the Civil Rights Division and clashed with Graves over filing a law suit related to Missouri's voter rolls.  The U.S. Attorney's Office also obtained an indictment related to voting fraud shortly before the 2006 election.  Schlozman, who is now in the EOUSA, is supposed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  His replacement as U.S. Attorney is John Wood, who was confirmed by the Senate on April 11, 2007.  According to his biography (here):

Mr. Wood joined the Bush Administration in 2001 and held several prominent positions prior to becoming U.S. Attorney. He has previously served at the Department of Justice as a Deputy Associate Attorney General and as a Counselor to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft. He has also worked at the White House as Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. His last job prior to being nominated by the President to serve as U.S. Attorney was as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is the third largest department of the federal government with approximately 180,000 employees and an annual budget of over $40 billion.


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