Ninth Fired Prosecutor Named

Addition to list belies Gonzales testimony, shifts timetable
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2007 8:14 AM CDT
Ninth Fired Prosecutor Named
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales answers questions from the media in front of Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, left, after announcing $2.5 million in additional funding for Oklahoma City as part of the Justice Department's Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative during a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Alberto Gonzales stories.)

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