At Least 26 Prosecutors Were Listed for Firing

Brian Zick

Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein for WaPo report: The Justice Department considered dismissing many more U.S. attorneys than officials have previously acknowledged, with at least 26 prosecutors suggested for termination between February 2005 and December 2006, according to sources familiar with documents withheld from the public. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testified last week that the effort was limited to eight U.S. attorneys fired since last June, and other administration officials have said that only a few others were suggested for removal. In fact, D. Kyle Sampson, then Gonzales's chief of staff, considered more than two dozen U.S. attorneys for termination, according to lists compiled by him and his colleagues, the sources said. They amounted to more than a quarter of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys. Thirteen of those known to have been targeted are still in their posts. Josh Marshall thinks Harriet Miers had originally tried to devise a way to get rid of Patrick Fitzgerald, but even though that idea per se was discarded, the basic premise still had appeal to others in the administration as a means to solve problems.

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