Memos Suggested DOJ Fire 26 U.S. Attorneys

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The Washington Post
Thursday, May 17, 2007; 8:12 AM

Unreleased government records obtained by the Washington Post show that the Justice Dept. listed 26 U.S. attorneys as candidates for firing, including nine who were fired in 2006. The roster of prosecutors is much longer than previously acknowledged.

Here is the information contained in the records (names with *** are names fired in 2006; names with ** are names of U.S. attorneys fired in 2005; names with * are U.S. attorneys who have resigned):

Feb. 24, 2005

Thirteen U.S. attorneys recommended for removal by D. Kyle Sampson, then the attorney general's chief of staff, who sends the list to the White House in March.

Margaret Chiara (Grand Rapids, Mich.) ***

Bud Cummins (Little Rock) ***

Carol C. Lam (San Diego) ***

John McKay (Seattle) ***

Kasey Warner (Charleston, W.Va.) **

Thomas Heffelfinger (Minn.) *

David York (Mobile, Ala.) *

Still in Office:

Steven Biskupic (Milwaukee)

David L. Huber (Louisville, Ky.)

Dunn Lampton (Jackson, Miss.)

Greg Miller (Tallahassee)

Paula Silsby (Maine)

Ana Mills Wagoner (Greensboro, N.C.)


January 2006:

Justice documents show two separate lists compiled by Sampson around this time.

List 1:

Todd P. Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) *** - Fired in 2006

Heffelfinger (Minn.) *

Bill Leone (Colo.) *

David O'Meilia (Tulsa, Okla.)

Silsby (Maine)

List 2:

Chiara (Grand Rapids, Mich.) ***

Cummins (Little Rock) ***

Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) ***

Lam (San Diego) ***

Kevin Ryan (San Francisco) ***

Heffelfinger (Minn.) *

Leone (Colo.) *

O'Meilia (Tulsa, Okla.)

Sept. 13, 2006

Sampson sends a memo to White House including nine prosecutors recommended for firing, five of whom would be dismissed.

Daniel Bogden (Nevada) ***

Chiara (Grand Rapids, Mich.) ***

Paul K. Charlton (Arizona) ***

Lam (San Diego) ***

McKay (Seattle) ***

Thomas Marino (Scranton, Pa.)

Miller (Tallahassee)

Silsby (Maine)

Wagoner (Greensboro, N.C.)

Nov. 1, 2006

Michael Elston, chief of staff to the deputy attorney general, suggests five other firing candidates.

John Brownlee (Roanoke, Va.)

Christopher J. Christie (Newark, N.J.)

Colm F. Connolly (Delaware)

Mary Beth Buchanan (Pittsburgh)

Frank Maxwell Wood (Macon, Ga.)

Nov. 7, 2006

Sampson sends firing list to Elston.

Bogden (Nevada) ***

Charlton (Arizona) ***

Chiara (Grand Rapids, Mich.) ***

David C. Iglesias (New Mexico) ***

Lam (San Diego) ***

McKay (Seattle) ***

Marino (Scranton, Pa.)

Miller (Tallahassee)

Silsby (Maine)

Dec. 4, 2006

The final list of seven U.S. attorneys to be fired on Dec. 7 (Cummins and Graves were fired earlier).

Bogden ***

Charlton ***

Chiara ***

Iglesias ***

Lam ***

McKay ***

Ryan ***

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