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The U.S. attorney -- UPDATE II

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I should have mentioned earlier that the Stephens Media story on the document dump concerning the U.S. attorney replacements contained a strong statement from U.S. Rep. John Boozman, the reigning Republican in Arkansas. It sounds like Boozman has no intention of playing along with the now-revealed White House strategy to pretend like a real nomination would be forthcoming for the Little Rock slot, while actually intending for Tim Griffin to "run out the clock" for the remainder of Bush's term under an interim appointment.

Meanwhile, Rep. John Boozman, R-Rogers, said his office is developing a list of three candidates to recommend to the president as possible replacements for Griffin.

Boozman, the state's only Republican in Congress, said the next U.S. attorney would go through the confirmation process in a transparent manner.

He criticized the use of the Patriot Act to install prosecutors.

"Using the situation that was designed for emergency use, I think that's very inappropriate," said Boozman, adding that critics of the firings should understand that U.S. attorneys serve at the will of the president.

Nominees, anyone? Here's one idea: Betty Dickey, the former Pine Bluff prosecutor who's served by appointment to the Arkansas Supreme Court. We inquired. No word yet from the Boozman office on potential suggestions. Time's a-wastin'. Dickey, by the way, ran against Sen. Mark Pryor, the hero of U.S. atttorneygate, and someone recalled that Tim Griffin worked for a time for her campaign. Maybe she'd face a confirmation problem, too.

UPDATE: TPM sharply illustrates the lie told by the Justice Department earlier about the Tim Griffin appointment.

UPDATE II: CNN interviews Bud Cummins. I hear that CNN has also interviewed Tim Griffin who apparently has admitted, for the first time, that he indeed helped compile some voter lists in Florida in 2004. All legal, of course. And he's proud of the work. But previously, he's said everything written about caging was bunk. Now there are lists. How were they compiled. Whose names were included. What neighborhoods did they come from? How were they used? Or what was the plan for their use? Has Griffin checked with those said to have lost voting privileges as a result of the effort and whether that seemed to have happened properly? A can of worms. It would be nice to open it in sworn testimony before Congress.

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