On Dec. 7, 2006, then-Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, along with six other U.S. attorneys, was told by the Bush Justice Department to resign, which he did on Jan. 17, 2007. In March, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters that he had recommended to the Obama White House that they should reappoint Bogden. In the Atlantic today, Murray Waas reports that there is “a real possibility” that the Justice Department will re-hire him:
A Justice Department official told me that the idea of hiring Bogden back is in fact a real possibility, and said that the White House counsel’s office has been quietly vetting his background in anticipation of his possible reappointment — not a difficult task, considering that he has been employed by the government for the majority of his adult life.
Bogden still “has no official explanation as to why he was fired, or even who made the decision.” “Most of us have gotten some sense, if not a good sense, as to why we were fired,” former New Mexico U.S. attorney David Iglesias told Waas. “But unlike the rest of us, Dan has never had that.” Bogden has previously said that when he was asked to resign, then-Associate Attorney General William Mercer told him that the firings were being carried out “so the Republican Party would have more future candidates for the federal bench and future political positions.”