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Prosecutors Says Bush Appointees Interfered “The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that Bush administration political appointees repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government’s racketeering case. Sharon Y. Eubanks said Bush loyalists in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales’s office began micromanaging the team’s strategy in the final weeks of the 2005 trial, to the detriment of the government’s claim that the industry had conspired to lie to U.S. smokers.” (Washington Post)Chiara Slid From “Capital Leader” to Liability “On the day she was told to resign, U.S. Attorney Margaret Chiara sent an e-mail to the attorney general’s office in Washington, D.C., suggesting she already was given the likely reason for her firing: politics. ‘The unwelcome news is not unexpected because (Deputy Attorney General) Chief of Staff Michael Elston advised me that it was a likely consequence of the recent election,’ Chiara wrote to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty on Dec. 7.” (The Grand Rapids Press)

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