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GOP voter fraud complaints prompted four US Attorney firings: WP

[JURIST] Four of the fired US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] were dismissed after Republican officials complained they were lax in prosecuting alleged voter fraud in battleground states before the November 2006 elections, the Washington Post reported Monday. Documents and interviews obtained by the Post indicate that White House political adviser Karl Rove [official profile] and other administration officials identified five of the twelve US attorneys either dismissed or considered for dismissal in 2006 - including fired US attorneys David C. Iglesias (NM), John McCay (Seattle, WA), and Daniel G. Bogden (Las Vegas, NV) - as being unwilling to prosecute what Republican officials believed to be widespread voter fraud.

Last Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] expanded its investigation of the firings to include the dismissal of former US Attorney Todd Graves [professional profile] of Kansas City, Missouri, and a possible link to voter fraud prosecutions. Graves was fired when he refused to endorse a 2005 voter fraud lawsuit that former US Attorney Bradley Schlozman [official profile] filed against Missouri. On Wednesday, Graves told the New York Times that he was forced to resign [JURIST report] from his post with the Western District of Missouri after he expressed a difference of opinion with the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. The Washington Post has more.

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