A bigger purge?

Sources say the Bush administration had more prosecutors in its sights.

Published April 27, 2007 8:15PM (EDT)

Congressional sources tell McClatchy Newspapers that the Bush administration considered canning 12 U.S. attorneys last year before it whittled down its purge to the eight it forced to resign.

As McClatchy explains, the revelation "could provide new evidence to critics who contend that politics, not performance, played the determining role in the firings": The four who weren't fired came from states considered "political battlegrounds" in 2006: Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

By Tim Grieve

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

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