What’s the White House Doing to Prosecutors?

January 16, 2007 12:50 pm

During a floor speech on the topic moments ago, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the White House has told her it was replacing from five to 10 Senate-confirmed U.S. attorneys with its own interim appointees.

We know of seven who have left during the last couple of months, many under unusual circumstances. Here is our list:

San Francisco – 1/16/07 – Kevin V. Ryanunclear

Nevada – 1/15/07 – Daniel Bogdenpushed out

San Diego – 1/12/07 – Carole Lampushed out

New Mexico – 12/19/06 – David Iglesliaspushed out

Arizona – 12/19/06 – Paul K. Charltonunclear

Seattle – 12/15/06 – John McKayunclear; likely pushed out

Little Rock (Ark.) – 12/15/06 – Bud Cumminspushed out

Feinstein said she also knew of seven, and listed those above. Curiously, she mentioned an eigthth — from Texas. We haven’t been able to identify that one.

There is an eighth recently-departed U.S. attorney we know of, which some readers have noted: Debra Wong Yang, the former U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, Calif. Yang was overseeing the investigation into Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA). She announced her resignation in October 2006, but to date there hasn’t been evidence that her departure was forced.

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