Why US Attorneys were fired
Last updated 3/29/2007 at Noon
That’s what Congress wants to know, and the American people should demand to know. US Attorneys are political appointees and serve at the pleasure of the President. However, they also have a sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and perform their jobs without political bias or influence. It is quite common for all US Attorneys to be replaced at the beginning of a new President’s term. It is highly unusual for US Attorneys to be replaced mid-term.
All eight of the recently fired US Attorneys were appointed by the Bush Administration and confirmed by a Republican-controlled Congress. The...