Justice Dept. Aide Ties Rove to Firings

Disputes Gonzales statements on his role in dismissals
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2007 7:50 AM CDT
Justice Dept. Aide Ties Rove to Firings

Alberto Gonzales was more deeply involved in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys  than he has admitted, and Karl Rove had a direct role in the firings, according to dramatic testimony by the attorney general's former chief of staff yeasterday, reports the Washington Post. Kyle Sampson claimed he briefed his boss at least five times on the prosecutor firings.

Sampson told the Senate Judiciary Committee directly that Gonzales earlier statements on the matter were not accurate. He also claimed that New Mexico prosecutor David C. Iglesias was added to a dismissal list only after complaints by Rove about his handling of voter fraud cases. (More Alberto Gonzales stories.)

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