Arkansas Senator happy to see top Rove aide end term as US Attorney
Michael Roston
Published: Wednesday May 30, 2007
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Reflecting on news that a controversial player in the firing of one US Attorney could soon join the Presidential campaign of Republican Fred Thompson, an Arkansas Senator said he was happy to see the interim US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas depart from his current office.

"His departure from the US Attorney Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas is a positive development and the Senator is looking forward to having credible leadership restored there," said Michael Teague, spokesman for Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), of reports that interim US Attorney Tim Griffin had been approached to join Thompson's campaign.

Teague did not have any remark for RAW STORY about Griffin's future employment plans.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Thompson, who will formally announce his candidacy in July according to news reports, is speaking with Griffin about giving him a senior position in the former Tennessee Senator and current Law and Order actor's campaign.

"Thompson allies have had discussions with Tim Griffin, the Arkansas U.S. attorney and Rove protégé, about taking a top job with the campaign," the Journal's John Harwood reported.

Griffin worked as counsel on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the Clinton administration, as his boss, Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), issued over a thousand subpoenas to Clinton administration officials. Later, he became a top opposition researcher for the Republican National Committee, and worked in the White House for Karl Rove. In a recent congressional hearing, former Justice Department aide Monica Goodling acknowledged there were concerns about his work in the area of 'caging' votes in the 2004 presidential election, which some critics contend is a form of voter suppression.

The ex-Rove aide, who also served as a Judge Advocate General in the US Army in Iraq, replaced previous US Attorney H.E. 'Bud' Cummins after the Justice Department used authority stealthily inserted into the USA PATRIOT Act that allowed the executive branch to indefinitely appoint interim US Attorneys. He has not been confirmed by the Senate, and Senator Pryor has been strongly critical of the Attorney General and told him in a recent private meeting to resign in large part due to the handling of the Griffin situation.

"We've always said, this isn't the way this is supposed to be done, you shouldn't be installed as US Attorney via press release," Teague told RAW STORY in an April interview.

Some Members of Congress have implied that Griffin was installed in the position simply to 'pad his resume,' which was discussed in the Attorney General's recent appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.

Since the US Attorneys controversy erupted earlier in the year, both houses of Congress overturned the indefinite appointment authority by commanding majorities.