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Controversial Protector of Whistle Blowers To Resign

It has been one turbulent ride for Special Counsel Scott Bloch. He says it’s time to go.

Scott J. Bloch/official photo

Scott J. Bloch/official photo

By Lara Jakes Jordan
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top protector of whistle-blowers, who himself is being investigated for allegedly retaliating against employees, said Monday he will resign at the end of his term in January instead of staying on until a replacement can take over.
Under the law, U.S. Special Counsel Scott Bloch could stay for up a year _ until his successor is confirmed by the Senate _ after his term ends Jan. 5. But in a letter to President Bush, Bloch said he will leave at the end of his five years on the job, much of which has been marked by criticism and calls for his resignation.
“As you well know, doing the right thing can result in much criticism and controversy from every side,” Bloch wrote in his two-page resignation letter. “I have often been required to be the bearer of bad news but also of good results.”
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