Who woulda thunk?
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in a November meeting, according to documents released yesterday that contradict earlier assertions that he was not closely involved in the dismissals.
The Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials participated, focused on a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Justice Department officials said late yesterday.
There, Gonzales signed off on the plan, which was crafted by his chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Sampson resigned last week amid a political firestorm surrounding the firings.