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DOJ Report: Attorney Firings Investigation

DOJ Report: Attorney Firings Investigation

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The September 2008 report issued by the Justice Department details its investigation into the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys.
The September 2008 report issued by the Justice Department details its investigation into the 2006 firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

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Published by: Washington Post Investigations on Oct 03, 2008
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U.S. Department of Justice
An Investigation into the Removalof Nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006
U.S. Department of JusticeOffice of the Inspector GeneralU.S. Department of JusticeOffice of Professional Responsibility
September 2008
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION ................................................................1I. Methodology of the Investigation.......................................................2II. Organization of this Report ...............................................................4CHAPTER TWO BACKGROUND..................................................................7I. U.S. Attorneys ..................................................................................7II. Selection of U.S. Attorneys................................................................8III. Department Evaluation and Interaction with U.S. Attorneys .............9IV.Backgrounds of Department Officials..............................................10A.Alberto Gonzales ...................................................................11B.Kyle Sampson .......................................................................11C.Monica Goodling ...................................................................11D.Paul McNulty ........................................................................12E.Michael Elston ......................................................................12F.David Margolis ......................................................................13G.William Mercer ......................................................................13CHAPTER THREE FACTUAL OVERVIEW..................................................15I.Development of U.S. Attorney Removal Lists ...................................15A. Genesis of Plan to Remove U.S. Attorneys..............................16B.Process to Identify U.S. Attorneys for Removal.......................16C.The First List – March 2, 2005...............................................181.Input from Comey and Margolis ...................................212.Reaction to the List from the Office of theWhite House Counsel...................................................223.Fall 2005 – Further Consultations about the Removalof U.S. Attorneys..........................................................23a.Battle .................................................................23b.Mercer................................................................23c.Comey................................................................24d.Buchanan ..........................................................24D. The Second List January 2006............................................25i
 
 
1.Sampson’s January 1, 2006, Draft List ........................252.The January 9, 2006, Memorandum from Sampsonto the White House ......................................................273.The First Removal: Todd Graves..................................29E.The Third List – April 14, 2006 ..............................................301.Heffelfinger ..................................................................312.Ryan............................................................................323.The Plan to Replace Cummins with Griffin ...................33a.Miers’s Request Regarding Griffin .......................33b.Battle Tells Cummins to Resign ..........................344.Sampson Suggests that Patrick Fitzgerald Be Removed 34F.The Fourth List September 13, 2006...................................351.Sampson’s “Consensus” Process in Compiling the List . 372.The Removal Plan Takes Shape....................................39G.Elstons List – November 1, 2006...........................................40H.The Fifth List – November 7, 2006 .........................................421.Iglesias is Added to the List..........................................422.The Removal Plan ........................................................433.Reaction to the November 7 List and Plan ....................44I.The Sixth List November 15, 2006 ......................................461.The Revised Plan..........................................................462.Execution of the Plan is Postponed...............................473.The November 27, 2006, Meeting in theAttorney General’s Office..............................................48a.Gonzaless Recollection of theNovember 27 Meeting .........................................49b.McNulty Asks to Add Ryan to the List .................49c.White House Approval of the Removal Plan .........50 J.The Seventh and Final List – December 4, 2006 ....................501.The White House Approves the Plan.............................502.The Implementation of the Removal Plan......................51II.The Aftermath of the Removals .......................................................52A.The U.S. Attorneys’ Initial Reactions......................................53B.Concern that the Department Intended to Bypass SenateConfirmation for Replacement U.S. Attorneys........................54C.The Department Begins to Publicly Respond to ConcernsAbout the Removals ..............................................................55ii

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