Friday, March 16, 2007
White House cites 'hazy memories' in fired U.S. attorneys
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The White House on Friday backed away from its earlier version of whose idea it was to get rid some of the 93 U.S. attorneys, which has grown into a scandal that threatens Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' job.
The White House said the idea for sacking federal prosecutors in Bush's second term came from former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, who wanted "new blood" in those offices. Miers became White House counsel after Gonzales moved to the attorney general's office.
But on Friday, White House press secretary Tony Snow said, "It has been described as her idea, but ... I don't want to try to vouch for origination. At this juncture, people have hazy memories."
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