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Ex-Prosecutor Says He Was Pushed Out

Posted May 10, 2007 9:57 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves of Missouri says he was pushed to resign.

Graves wasn’t among the eight U.S. attorneys who were fired by the Justice Department. But he told the New York Times that DOJ official Michael Battle told him to look for another job.

Graves says he doesn’t know why Battle wanted him to leave, but he had opposed the department on at least three cases. In one, the department’s civil rights division had asked him to sue the state of Missouri to force it to clean up voter registration rolls. Graves declined, saying it is the responsibility of local governments, rather than the states, to maintain the roles.

I guess to them I wasn’t a team player,” he said.

An aide to Missouri’s senior senator had also pressed for Graves’ removal.

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