Sunday, March 04, 2007

GOP congressmen played a role in US attorney firings

According to Newsweek, David Iglesias, one of the eight former US attorneys fired late last year, has gone public with the charge that, "he had gotten phone calls from two unidentified GOP lawmakers in D.C. last October, pressing him to bring indictments in a high-profile corruption case involving a prominent local Democrat before the November election." Iglesias refused and six weeks later was forced to resign.

When Iglesias takes the stand to testify before Congress, he will name Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) as the two congressmen who called him in October, writes Michael Isikoff.

In advance of the testimony by Iglesias and three other fired attorneys, Domenici made a statement today about the phone calls. The Senator acknowledged that he called the fired attorney, but insisted that he never pressured Iglesias.

"I have no idea what he's talking about," Domenici told the Associated Press.


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