December 9, 2007 |
Daniel Bogden had just settled back into his office in Las Vegas early last December after a trip to Washington where he and dozens of other U.S. attorneys attended a conference at the Justice Department on protecting children from crime. It had been an upbeat occasion. The department's No. 2 official gave a rousing speech during a closed-door session in which he praised members of the group as among the finest and most able U.S. attorneys in the department's storied history.
July 30, 2007 |
The controversy surrounding Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales widened last week after FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III gave testimony on Capitol Hill about an administration anti-terrorism program, testimony that seemed to contradict sworn statements made earlier by the attorney general. Now Democrats are alleging that Gonzales lied to Congress and are even calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor by the Justice Department.
July 18, 2007 |
Former White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers will continue to refuse to appear before a House committee, her lawyer said Tuesday, despite Democrats' threats to hold her in contempt. "Ms. Miers will not appear before the committee or otherwise produce documents or provide testimony," lawyer George T. Manning said in a letter to the committee. The House Judiciary Committee had given Miers, who defied a subpoena to appear before the committee, until Tuesday to change her mind about testifying.
July 2, 2007 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that he was ready to go to court if the White House resisted congressional subpoenas for information on the firing of eight federal prosecutors. "If they don't cooperate, yes, I'd go that far," Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press." He had been asked whether he would seek a congressional vote on contempt citations if President Bush did not comply. That move would push the matter to court.
June 22, 2007 |
Deputy Atty. Gen. Paul McNulty portrayed himself as largely out of the loop in the Justice Department's firings of eight U.S. attorneys and said he initially questioned whether they were appropriate. Testifying before a House panel investigating the dismissals, McNulty said he was cut out of some of the department's most important personnel decisions. In May, Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales said he relied on McNulty more than any other advisor to decide which U.S. attorneys should be fired.
June 16, 2007 |
A senior Justice Department official who helped carry out the dismissals of eight federal prosecutors said he is resigning. Mike Elston, chief of staff to Deputy Atty. Gen. Paul McNulty, is the fifth official to leave the department after being linked to the dismissals of the prosecutors. In a statement, the Justice Department said Elston was leaving voluntarily to take a job with a Washington-area law firm.