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Gonzales Escapes Grand Jury Probe In U.S. Atty Firings

Former Atty. Gen. Gonzales/official photo

Former Atty. Gen. Gonzales/official photo

Former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, who embarrassed the Justice Department during his reign, won’t be the subject of a grand jury probe  in the scandal involving the firing of U.S. Attorneys. But the administration is not out of the woods yet. Or as John Belushi said in Animal House: “It’s not over til we say it’s over.”

By Eric Lichtblau and Sharon Otterman
New York Times
WASHINGTON – An internal Justice Department investigation concluded Monday that political pressure drove the firings of several federal prosecutors in a 2006 purge, but said that the refusal of major players at the White House and the department to cooperate in the year-long inquiry produced significant “gaps” in its understanding of the events.
At the urging of the investigators, who said they did not have enough evidence to justify recommending criminal charges in the case, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey appointed the Acting United States Attorney in Connecticut, Nora Dannehy, to continue the inquiry and determine whether anyone should be prosecuted.

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Read complete Justice Department report

Read blistering statement from Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey


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