Rove Had Motive to Oust Attorneys

Fired attorneys ticked off Rove by being lax on voter fraud, says Dan Froomkin
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2007 7:24 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Karl Rove's role in the US attorney firings wouldn't be atypical for the power broker, writes  the Post's Dan Froomkin. Bush's ballot-calculating mastermind has long been monomaniacal about prosecuting voter fraud, a move his critics decry as a tactic to "suppress poor and minority turnout."

And compliant, right-leaning federal prosecutors can serve as "important tools in his bag of tricks." Recent testimony and documents, the Post reports, show that the Justice Department's hounding of so-called widespread election violations played a central role in the firing of nine US attorneys, who fell short of Rove's stringent standards.