Inside the Scandal at Justice

Five months after eight U.S. attorneys were fired, Congress is beginning to uncover how deeply politics shaped the department

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U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, May 10, 2007.

It takes a lot to get mild-mannered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales hot under the collar. That's why it was telling when word went out to his top aides in February that something had set him off. "The Attorney General is extremely upset with the stories on the U.S. Attorneys this morning," his spokesman Brian Roehrkasse wrote in an e-mail. The papers that day were full of news about the testimony that his deputy Paul McNulty had given to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the firing last year of eight U.S. Attorneys. Gonzales had previously suggested that all of them...

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