U.S. Attorneys rip Gonzales in private meeting.

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"U.S. Attorneys rip Gonzales in private meeting."

The New York Times reports on a meeting in Chicago hosted by Patrick Fitzgerald:

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales endured blunt criticism Tuesday from federal prosecutors who questioned the firings of eight United States attorneys, complained that the dismissals had undermined morale and expressed broader grievances about his leadership…

Several of the prosecutors said the dismissals caused them to wonder about their own standing and distracted their employees, according to one person familiar with the discussions. Others asked Mr. Gonzales about the removal of Daniel C. Bogden, the former United States attorney in Nevada, a respected career prosecutor whose ouster has never been fully explained by the Justice Department. …

Mr. Gonzales attended the Chicago meeting after abruptly cutting short a news conference in which he was asked about the dismissals and his own status. He reacted unemotionally to the criticism in the private session, responding that he had not previously heard of their specific complaints…

UPDATE: Josh Marshall has highlights from a GQ interview with purged New Mexico attorney David Iglesias, and Digby has details on a new attack ad on Iglesias airing on New Mexico radio.

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