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Records Indicate Graves Was Forced Out As U.S. Attorney

Documents released by the U.S. Department of Justice indicate that former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves was forced out of his post by the Bush Administration. It is unclear at this point if the ouster was related to his role in the Blunt Administration fee office scandal.

In a January 9, 2006 email from DOJ Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson to White House Counsel Harriet Miers, he outlines U.S. Attorneys who are targets for ouster. Two of the names in the email have been redacted from the version released by DOJ to Congressional investigators.

In the email, he also suggests that those listed should be given the chance to leave on their own so that they can "save face."

In March, Graves abruptly resigned his position as U.S. Attorney, saying he wanted to get more involved in the 2008 presidential election, a project we have heard nothing about since.

In April, when Sampson presented an updated list of targeted U.S. Attorneys, he makes reference to the fact that two of the names included in his original list of targets for ouster have already left government service.


In the intervening period, only three U.S. Attorneys left office, Graves, Thomas Heffelfinger, the U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis, and a third who went on to become a U.S. Magistrate.  So clearly, Todd Graves was one of the redacted names.

How long do you think it will take the Missouri press corps to start asking questions about the whole U.S. Attorney scandal, its links to the fee office scandal and to the GOP effort to perpetuate the myth of rampant voter fraud?

Your guess is as good as mine. But in fairness, I know they have been awfully busy dealing with all those press releases and press conferences by Ed Martin, so maybe they just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Hat tip to MN Campaign Report.




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