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March 27, 2007

Inslee says McKay should get job back

Posted by David Postman at 7:56 AM

In D.C., Congressman Jay Inslee spoke on the House floor Monday afternoon to defend fired U.S. Attorney John McKay. Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, sent a letter to President Bush saying McKay should be re-appointed as U.S. attorney for Western Washington until an investigation into the firings of prosecutors is complete. The letter says:

As you know, forced resignation under the guise of "performance related" issues, is a permanent blemish on a person's employment record. Mounting information is surfacing in this case, providing evidence that the resignation of John McKay, and others, was not based on lack of performance other than a lack of partisan prosecutorial bias. You have the opportunity to set the record straight by offering John McKay another chance to serve in this important post where he already has dutifully served the state of Washington.
In the House, Inslee described the purge of prosecutors as nothing less than a stinking scandal.
"We have witnessed now in the last few weeks the unpeeling of a scandal where the executove branch fired eight well-performing U.S. attorneys because they would not do the political dirty work of the White House."

He said that McKay fell out of favor with Republicans in Washington state and then in D.C. solely because he refused to empanel a grand jury to investigate the 2004 election.

"It was apparent they were learning on him and when he did not collapse, he was fired. ... This thing smells like a mackerel in the moonlight and it needs to be resolved. And until it's resolved the Congress is going to be investigating."

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