Obama Nominates US Attorney Fired Under Bush

Nevada prosecutor to get old job back
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 8:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – A US attorney fired by the Bush administration is set to get his old job back, the Washington Post reports. Daniel Bolger, whose 2006 firing is among those being probed for partisan motivation, has been nominated by President Obama to again be the federal prosecutor for Nevada. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, when grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, was unable to recall the reason for Bolger's firing.

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Then-Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty wrote in an email that he was "skittish" about Bolger's firing, although he did not intervene. Bolger has the support of both Nevada's senators, Republican John Ensign and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "Dan is a highly qualified and skilled lawyer who served Nevada well before being wrongly removed from office," Reid said. "I look forward to a speedy confirmation." (Read more Daniel Bogden stories.)

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