Documents: Rove involved in US attorney firings

August 11, 2009 1:12:50 PM PDT
White House e-mails show that former White House political adviser Karl Rove was deeply involved in the firing of a U.S. attorney in New Mexico. The documents released Tuesday by a congressman show extensive communication between Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers over the firing of U.S. Attorney David Iglesias. Iglesias was one of nine U.S. attorneys fired in part for apparently not being sufficiently loyal to the Republican administration.

The ensuing uproar led to a series of damaging revelations about the Bush administration's political meddling with the Justice Department and the eventual resignation of then-attorney general Alberto Gonzales.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said the documents show Rove was the driving force behind the firings.

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