It depends on what the meaning of "interfere" is

Gonzales acknowledges that the Justice Department pressured San Diego prosecutor to focus on priorities other than public corruption.

By Tim Grieve
March 14, 2007 7:38PM (UTC)
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Alberto Gonzales said this morning that the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year was "not politically motivated." "They were not done in retaliation or to interfere with a public corruption case."

But in an appearance on CBS's "The Early Show" today, the attorney general acknowledged that the Justice Department pressured U.S. attorney Carol Lam -- the San Diego-based prosecutor who brought charges against Republican Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham -- not to focus so much on corruption cases. "We advised Ms. Lam of these other priorities -- that she needed to focus on other issues as well," Gonzales said. "A U.S. attorney can't just focus on one particular problem. A U.S. attorney has to focus on all the needs of the community."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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