"Sen. Kit Bond’s office implicated in Missouri U.S. Attorney removal."
Yesterday’s DOJ/OPR report on the U.S. Attorney firings implicated Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) in the firing of U.S. Attorney Todd Graves. “Graves faced opposition from the staff of his home-state senator, Kit Bond, which we concluded likely led to his removal,” the report said. Today, CREW filed an ethics complaint against Bond, citing the following:
Sen. Bond’s office became dissatisfied with Mr. Graves after he refused to intervene in a dispute between Sen. Bond’s office and that of Mr. Graves’s brother, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO). Mr. Graves told investigators that a member of Sen. Bond’s staff had called him to insist that he use his influence to force Rep. Graves to fire his chief of staff. When Mr. Graves refused, the Bond staffer told him “they could no longer protect his job.”
“I am surprised that any sitting senator would decline to cooperate with an investigation by the Justice Department,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). “That is a startling position to take.”