Still More Shoes Dropping

Brian Zick

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MyFox9 in Minneapolis reports "Exclusive: Shake Up at the U.S. Attorney's Office": MINNEAPOLIS -- It’s a major shakeup at the offices of new U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose.Four of her top staff voluntarily demoted themselves Thursday, fed up with Paulose, who, after just months on the job, has earned a reputation for quoting Bible verses and dressing down underlings.Deputy U.S. Attorney John Marty is just one of the people dropping themselves in rank to simply a U.S. Attorney position. Also making the move are the heads of Paulose’s criminal and civil divisions and the top administrative officer.The move is intended to send a message to Washington – that 33-year-old Paulose is in over her head.Paulose was appointed before the 8 U.S. Attorneys were given their pink slips, but she has deep connections to the scandal.She was a special assistant to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, worked as a senior counsel for deputy attorney general Paul McNulty and is best buds with Monica Goodling – the assistant U.S. Attorney who recently took the Fifth rather than testify before Congress.Add to the suspicions the fact that Minnesota’s former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger stepped down just as the White House was developing its hit list. The local CBS affiliate is also reporting: The resignations came in the aftermath of the controversial firing of eight U.S. Attorneys across the country.The Bush Administration did not want to see this happen and in an eleventh hour attempt to prevent it, sent a top justice official to Minneapolis Thursday to mediate the situation. The mediation failed. via Josh Marshall

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