“A former West Virginia federal prosecutor said Friday the White House fired him in 2005 in the middle of a corruption and vote-buying investigation but never told him why.”
Karl K. “Kasey” Warner said he has “concerns” and sees parallels between himself and eight other ousted U.S. attorneys. Congress and an internal Justice Department agency are investigating whether those firings were politically motivated.
The Justice Department rejected any suggestion of politics in Warner’s dismissal. [...]
Warner would not elaborate on what concerned him about his August 2005 firing but rejected the idea that he was fired over his performance.
“The facts speak for themselves. Look into how I ran my office. See how I managed the office,” Warner said. “If they want to look at the cases I had and the corruption cases we have now, people can come to their own conclusions about why I was let go.”
Warner said he refused to resign when asked by the Justice Department, responding that he took his direction from President Bush.
“Next thing I know, I get a letter from the president’s counsel, Harriet Miers, saying I’d been fired, no reason given,” Warner recounted in a telephone interview.
Scott Horton has more.