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NACDL Urges Special Prosecutor to Investigate U.S. Attorney Dismissals
By Jack King
NACDL News columns.
“There is a black cloud hanging over the Justice Department,” says
Martin S. Pinales in this month’s President’s Column. Two days before
the Justice Department’s first giant document dump, Pinales called for a
special prosecutor to investigate whether White House or DOJ officials
were telling the whole truth about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys
last year. Subsequent revelations have only raised more questions and
further muddied the waters.
“We urge Congress to proceed with an expeditious investigation and urge
the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate
whether any official has testified falsely in violation of federal
perjury and obstruction of justice statutes,” Pinales said in a public
statement March 14 that was reported the next day in the Washington
Post. “The appalling lack of candor by some and the attorney general’s
professed ignorance of the purge of U.S. attorneys in recent months
suggest the possibility of criminal
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