Fired U.S. Attorney Says Gonzales May Be Referred for Prosecution
Fired Seattle U.S. Attorney John McKay spoke at a bar association meeting Friday and said he thinks it's quite possible the Inspector General conducting the probe of the U.S. attorney firings will refer Alberto Gonzales and others for criminal prosecution, possibly as early as next month.
McKay said he was summoned to Washington, D.C., in June and questioned for eight hours about possible reasons for his firing by investigators with the Office of Inspector General, who will forward their final report to Congress.
“My best guess is it will be released sometime next month,’’ and likely will include recommendations for criminal prosecutions of Gonzales and maybe others, McKay said.
McKay believes the principal reason he was fired was for not opening a voter fraud investigation into Gov. Chris Gregoire’s marginal victory over Republican Dino Rossi in 2004.
He noted the White House was unhappy with San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam's conduct regarding Randy "Duke" Cunningham and with New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Yglesia's refusal to indict a Democratic candidate right before the November election.
McKay says Gonazles lied to Congress about the reasons for the firings.
McKay continues to dispute the reason the White House gave for his firing -- poor performance ratings -- noting his ratings three months before the firings were exemplary.
“The chief law enforcement officer for the United States should not lie under oath,’’ McKay told the bar association.
[hat tip to Cookie Jill at Skippy.]
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