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Oklahoma U.S. Atty. John Richter Stepping Down

U.S. Atty. John Richter

U.S. Atty. John Richter/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney John Richter of Oklahoma announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down Aug. 21, the Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press reported that Richter announced his resignation during an interview and said he plans to be a practitioner in residence and visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma Law School.

Richter served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma since 2005.

Documents Reveal Campaign to Oust New Mexico U.S. Atty. David Iglesias

David Iglesias
David Iglesias

It comes as no surprise that there was more politics involved than originally thought.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly released e-mails and transcripts of closed-door House testimony by former Bush counsel Harriet Miers and political chief Karl Rove.

A campaign to oust Iglesias intensified after state party officials and GOP members of the congressional delegation apparently concluded he was not pursuing the cases against Democrats in a way that would help then- Rep. Heather Wilson in a tight reelection race, according to interviews and Bush White House e-mails released Tuesday by congressional investigators. The documents place the genesis of Iglesias’s dismissal earlier than previously known.

The disclosures mark the end of a 2 1/2 year investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, which sued to gain access to Bush White House documents in a dispute that struck at the heart of a president’s executive power. House members have reserved the right to hold a public hearing at which Rove, Miers, and other aides could appear this fall.

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Next N.Y. U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara Praised for Being Apolitical

It’s heartening to hear that Preet Bharara has a reputation for being apolitical when it comes to doing his job. Then again, we should assume that’s how all U.S. Attorneys will operate.

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By BENJAMIN WEISER
The New York Times
NEW YORK –– He worked for one of the most partisan Democratic senators in Washington, and a few years ago helped to uncover political maneuverings by the Justice Department in the administration of President George W. Bush.

But perhaps the most telling aspect about Preet Bharara, the next United States attorney in Manhattan, may be how he managed to win the trust and respect of even those who might have been his natural opponents.

Mr. Bharara, who served as the chief counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, played a major role in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the firings of United States attorneys around the country.

As he took sworn testimony from witnesses, handled the issuance of subpoenas and negotiated with administration officials over the production of documents and other materials, he drew praise for his evenhanded approach.

He even won over one fired prosecutor, David C. Iglesias of New Mexico, a Republican who said he had wavered over whether to testify voluntarily before the panel, fearing that it would degenerate into a “partisan circus.”

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Kenyen Brown Set to Become Alabama’s First Black U.S. Atty

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Congressional staffer Kenyen Brown is set to become the first black U.S. Attorney in Alabama history.

President Obama nominated Brown Thursday to the office, which covers 13 counties.

Brown currently serves as director of advice and education for the House Ethics committee.

To read more go to the Mobile Press-Register.

Other Presidential nominations announced Thursday included Neil H. MacBride for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Steven Gerard O’Donnell for U.S. Marshal in Rhode Island.

Prosecutor Benjamin Wagner Nominated for U.S. Atty. in Sacramento

sacramento-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Benjamin Wagner, a federal prosecutor, has been nominated to become U.S. Attorney in Sacramento, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Wagner, the chief of special prosecutions in the Sacramento U.S. Attorney’s Office, was nominated by President Obama Thursday.

The Bee reported that Wagner as recommended by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Ex-Corp. Lobbyist Surfaces as Favorite to Fill U.S. Atty Post in Va.

With all the anti-lobbying talk during the 2008 presidential campaign, it’s interesting to note that the top contender for U.S. Attorney in Virginia is a former corporate lobbyist. Will his previous life as a lobbyist impact his performance as U.S. Attorney? Not likely. Could some perceive conflicts of interests, even if they’re not there? Very possible.

Ex-Lobbyist Neil MacBride

Ex-Lobbyist Neil MacBride

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer

A Justice Department official who briefly worked as a corporate lobbyist has emerged as the leading candidate for U.S. attorney in Alexandria, one of the nation’s most prominent law enforcement posts, sources familiar with the selection process said Wednesday.

Neil MacBride, who has been an associate deputy attorney general since January, is undergoing FBI background checks for the Alexandria job, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because no appointment has been announced.

MacBride, 43, is a former federal prosecutor and a former chief counsel to Vice President Biden, and he was a vice president at the Business Software Alliance, which represents Microsoft, IBM and several other leading computer companies. He was a registered lobbyist for that organization in 2007, lobbying the Senate on topics such as copyright enforcement and cybersecurity, according to Senate records and federal officials.

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Detroit Police Monitoring Scandal Involving Ex-Fed Prosecutor Could Turn into Criminal Probe

The city of Detroit certainly has no surplus in its budget, no surplus of jobs. What it does have is a surplus of scandals.

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Ex-fed prosecutor Sheryl Robinson Wood/law firm photo

BY JOE SWICKARD and BEN SCHMITT
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Former Detroit police monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood was ousted under a cloud. Some experts say a review of her ties to then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may eventually turn into a criminal investigation.

“With the possibility of federal charges, there are no minor concerns,” said Detroit attorney Bill Goodman, who represented the City Council in its efforts to oust Kilpatrick.

Wood has been in talks this week with attorney Richard Craig Smith, an expert in white-collar crime and government investigations with the Washington, D.C., firm Fulbright & Jaworski. The firm was once home to Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski.

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Karl Rove Had Bigger Role in U.S. Atty Firings Than Previously Understood

Frankly, it would have been a heck of lot more surprising if Karl Rove had minimal involvement in the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush administration.
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer

Karl Rove

Karl Rove

WASHINGTON — Political adviser Karl Rove and other high-ranking figures in the Bush White House played a greater role than previously understood in the firing of federal prosecutors almost three years ago, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, in a scandal that led to mass Justice Department resignations and an ongoing criminal probe.

The e-mails and new interviews with key participants reflect contacts among Rove, aides in the Bush political affairs office and White House lawyers about the dismissal of three of the nine U.S. attorneys fired in 2006: New Mexico’s David C. Iglesias, the focus of ire from GOP lawmakers; Missouri’s Todd Graves, who had clashed with one of Rove’s former clients; and Arkansas’s Bud Cummins, who was pushed out to make way for a Rove protege.

The documents and interviews provide new information about efforts by political aides in the Bush White House, for example, to push a former colleague as a favored candidate for one of the U.S. attorney posts. They also reflect the intensity of efforts by lawmakers and party officials in New Mexico to unseat the top prosecutor there.

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