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Players in the US Attorneys Firing Controversy

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In late 2006 (most on 7 December), the US Department of Justice fired eight US attorneys, an unprecedented act according to the legal community.

US Attorneys are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. They normally serve terms concurrent with the President. In the past, in the case of a vacancy, the district court recommends and the Senate confirms within 120 days. However, the The Patriot Act Reauthorization Bill of 2005, PL 109-177, changed the process for filling vacancies.

Under the revised Patriot Act language, in the case of a vacancy the Attorney General is empowered to appoint an "interim" US Attorney for an indefinite period -- no Senate confirmation required. The language was inserted in the bill during conference committee at the request of the White House.

The resulting controversy between the Democratic Congress and the Republican White House put Attorney General Gonzales at the center of the storm.

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Alberto Gonzales, US Attorney GeneralAlberto Gonzales, US AG Daniel Bogden,  Former US AttorneyDaniel Bogden, Former US Attorney, NevadaPaul Charlton,  Former US AttorneyPaul Charlton, Former US Attorney, ArizonaMargaret Chiara, Former US AttorneyMargaret Chiara, Former US Attorney, Michigan
Bud Cummins, Former US AttorneyH.E. "Bud" Cummins, Former US Attorney, ArkansasDavid Iglesias, Former US AttorneyDavid Iglesias, Former US Attorney, New MexicoJohn McKay, Former US AttorneyJohn McKay, Former US Attorney, SeattleCarol Lam, Former US AttorneyCarol Lam, Former US Attorney, California
Kevin Ryan,  Former US AttorneyKevin Ryan, Former US Attorney, CaliforniaPaul McNultyPaul McNulty
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