And then there were 30

The Justice Department considered firing nearly a third of its U.S. attorneys. Don't bother asking why.

Published May 18, 2007 1:47PM (EDT)

The Washington Post has come up with four more U.S. attorneys whose names wound up, at one time or another, on termination lists at the Justice Department last year.

Colm Connolly, the U.S. attorney in Delaware, tells the Post that the Justice Department's Michael Elston called him earlier this year to apologize for the fact that his name was on a list of prosecutors that was being turned over to congressional investigators. When Connolly asked how the list was prepared, he says Elston told him that he had collected the names from other people but "could not remember who he spoke with" or what concerns they may have raised about Connolly.

Sounds like just the man to replace Alberto Gonzales.

By Tim Grieve

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

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