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Lawmaker’s Aide Targeted Prosecutor Before List Was Made

May 9th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

By Amy Goldstein

Washington Post Staff Writer

An aide to Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) urged the White House to replace the U.S. attorney in Kansas City, Mo., months before Todd P. Graves’s name was included on a Justice Department list of federal prosecutors the Bush administration was thinking of pushing out of their jobs.

A spokeswoman for Bond said yesterday that the senator’s former counsel, Jack Bartling, contacted the White House counsel’s office in the spring of 2005, without Bond’s permission. According to the spokeswoman, Bartling said that Graves’s replacement “would be favored,” because the prosecutor’s wife and brother-in-law had stirred ethics complaints in Missouri. Read more…

Related Missouri links:

Fired Up Missouri: “Washington Post: Bond’s Office Pushed For Graves Firing Over Fee Offices”

Blue Girl, Red State: “One of Senator Bond’s Staffers Wanted Graves Gone… “

The KC Blue Blog: “TPM: Sen. Bond Approached White House About Removing US Attny. Todd Graves Because of “Direct Involvement In the Fee Office Scandal”

Columbia Tribune Politics Blog: “Was Bond intertwined in Graves drama?”

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