ABC: Snow lied about Rove's role in purge

E-mails suggest that the idea of firing all U.S. attorneys may have originated with Bush's political advisor, not Harriet Miers.


Tim Grieve
March 16, 2007 1:08AM (UTC)

White House press secretary Tony Snow told reporters earlier this week that the idea of firing all 93 sitting U.S. attorneys -- the idea that ultimately led to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys last year -- was Harriet Miers' and "her idea only."

Like so much else the Bush administration has said about the prosecutor purge, it turns out that wasn't true.

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According to ABC News, not-yet-released internal e-mails show that Karl Rove raised the idea of firing all the prosecutors -- and that Alberto Gonzales had one or more discussions about the idea -- before the White House has said that Miers was involved.


Tim Grieve

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

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