Sen. Domenici hires law firm over US Attorney flap

Facing an ethics inquiry for his role in the widening controversy over the firing of several U.S. Attorneys, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) has hired the same law firm that represented convicted former congressman Duke Cunningham (R-California).

Domenici, who may or may not seek re-election in 2008, acknowledges that he called David Iglesias, the former U.S. Attorney in New Mexico, to ask about a potential probe against state Democrats. He denies doing anything wrong but Iglesias told a Senate committee that he felt pressured to bring indictments right before the November elections, in which Republicans lost control of Congress after Democrats made corruption a campaign issue.

The Senate ethics panel has started a preliminary inquiry into Domenci. The House could do the same for Rep. Heather Wilson (R-New Mexico), who barely won re-election over the state's former attorney general in November.

Get the Story:
Subpoenas Likely for Justice Officials in Prosecutor Firings (The Washington Post 3/8)
Inquiry Into Ouster of U.S. Attorneys Moves Toward Subpoenas at Justice Department (The New York Times 3/8)
Domenici Hires Top D.C. Lawyer (The Albuquerque Journal 3/8)

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