Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

The Plot Thickens ..

John McKay, one of the eight former U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that White House officials had questioned his performance in highly partisan political terms at a key meeting in Washington last September, three months before his dismissal.

John McKay of Washington state, who had decided two years earlier not to bring voter fraud charges that could undermine a Democratic victory in a closely fought gubernatorial race, said that White House counsel Harriet Miers and her deputy William Kelley “actually asked me why Republicans in the state of Washington would be angry with me.”

McKay’s disclosure of an explicit White House question about the damage his decision caused to his standing among party loyalists added new detail to his previous statement that Miers accused him of having “mishandled” the voter fraud inquiry.

McKay is not the only one who is openly stating that he was fired for political reasons. New Mexico’s David Iglesias also makes this claim;

Former prosecutor David Iglesias of New Mexico, when asked on “Meet the Press” if he believes he was removed for political reasons, said, “Absolutely, yes.” Iglesias, who is a Republican, went on to say that “right now, I’ve got serious doubts” about the integrity and leadership of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

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