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Motives Questioned in Firing of Ariz. Prosecutor

Posted Apr 26, 2007 11:07 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The senator leading the probe into the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys contends new revelations raise serious questions about improper political motives in the firing of Paul Charlton of Arizona.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has sent Attorney General Alberto Gonzales a letter detailing his concerns, the Washington Post reports.

Before his ouster as U.S. attorney for Arizona, Charlton told the Justice Department about a call made to his office by an aide to a congressman under investigation, anonymous sources told the Post.

Charlton is the third fired U.S. attorney to have reported inappropriate contacts by politicians about politically sensitive investigations.

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