With Alberto Gonzales heading for more congressional grilling tomorrow—this time by the House—the Washington Post reports that a ninth federal prosecutor, Todd P. Graves, was asked to step down from his job in January 2006. Graves, who served in Kansas City, said he was told to resign to "give another person a chance."
He asked to be allowed to finish prosecuting an important case; the request was denied. Adding Graves to the list challenges repeated testimony by Gonzales and other officials that the firings were limited to the eight prosecutors already identified. It also means that the administration began replacing U.S. attorneys five months earlier than was previously known.