Conyers Calls for Special Counsel in Continued Investigation of U.S. Attorney Firings

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John Conyers (D-MI), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, released a statement today calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor from outside the Justice Department, to continue to investigate the U.S. attorney firings.

“We assume that Attorney General Mukasey will heed the report’s call for further investigation, including determining whether criminal offenses were committed, and urge him to appoint a special counsel from outside the Justice Department to work with the Inspector General so the investigation will have the credibility and independence that it needs,” Conyers said in a statement this morning.

In addition, because of Congress’ impending adjournment, Conyers called an HJC hearing for this coming Friday to discuss the issues raised in the recently released IG report.