Jul 21, 2010 6:20 PM by Greg Boyce

Investigation: Firing AGs was not a crime

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prosecutors have concluded their two-year investigation into the Bush administration's firing of U.S. attorneys, and the Justice Department says no charges will be filed.

The probe examined whether the Bush administration improperly dismissed nine U.S. attorneys in 2006 as a way to influence investigations.  Criticism that the  administration had politicized the Justice Department contributed to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

In 2008, the Justice Department assigned Nora Dannehy, a career prosecutor from Connecticut, to investigate the firings. In particular, she looked into the firing of New Mexico U.S. attorney David Iglesias and whether then-Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., or others should be prosecuted for his dismissal.  The Justice Department said today that the "evidence did not demonstrate that any prosecutable criminal offense was committed." It also found no reason to expand the scope of the investigation or to charge anyone with lying to Congress or investigators.


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