Via Josh Marshall, McClatchy reports tonight, “The Justice Department last year considered firing two U.S. attorneys in Florida and Colorado, states where allegations of voter fraud and countercharges of voter intimidation have flown in recent years.”
That brings to nine the number of battleground election states where the Bush administration set out to replace some of the nation’s top prosecutors. In at least seven states, it now appears, U.S. attorneys were fired or considered for firing as Republicans in those states urged investigations or prosecutions of alleged Democratic voter fraud.
The two prosecutors who were targeted were Gregory Miller, the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Florida in Tallahassee, and Bill Leone, the former acting U.S. attorney for Colorado.
Miller appeared on multiple target lists for possible firing from early 2005 through last November, according to a senior congressional aide familiar with Justice Department documents. Miller kept his job. [...]
Asked whether activists outside Washington had asked his office to look into any controversial voter fraud allegations, he declined to comment, saying Justice Department policy prohibits prosecutors from commenting on closed or ongoing cases.
Marshall also notes a key new detail buried at the bottom of the story: that former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger, who left last year to be replaced by controversial 33-year-old Rachel Paulose, was “asked to resign.”