Graves is now the ninth known US Attorney to be fired last year for alleged political reasons. On Monday, the US Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to former US Attorney Bradley Schlozman to answer questions about a possible link between the firing scandal and voter fraud prosecutions. Also Monday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said that it would not try to block a House decision to grant immunity to former DOJ official Monica Goodling in exchange for her testimony about whether politics played a role in the dismissal of eight US Attorneys. Goodling told the committee in March that she would not speak to the committee about her role in the firings.
Former US Attorney Todd P. Graves was forced to resign from his post with the Western District of Missouri last year after he expressed a difference of opinion with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on politically sensitive cases, Graves told the New York Times Wednesday. Graves said that while he was planning to go into private practice, he did not know that his name appeared on a list of US Attorneys that the DOJ was contemplating firing. Director of the Executive Office for US Attorneys Michael Battle, the same man who informed the other eight US Attorney's fired last year of their dismissal, suggested to Graves in early 2006 that he was also going to be fired.
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