Bud Cummins speaks up | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Bud Cummins speaks up

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2007 at 7:26 AM

Bud Cummins, the former U.S. attorney in Little Rock who was ousted in the Bush White House's political putsch of the Justice Department, says Justice hasn't been sufficiently cleansed of the evil-doers.

Justice Department communications director Brian Roehrkasse is one of the few senior officials in that agency to survive the prosecutor-firings scandal that consumed his last boss, former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales.

So one of the fired U.S. attorneys, Bud Cummins of Little Rock, has taken the unusual step of calling on Roehrkasse to step down.

Cummins, one of the nine prosecutors whose removal last year led to Gonzales's resignation, contended in a recent speech and in a new magazine article that Roehrkasse was a central part of the Bush administration's "deception" campaign about the firings.

"Roehrkasse did more than perhaps any other DOJ official to disseminate the avalanche of untruths," Cummins said in an article posted yesterday on Washington Monthly's Web site, adding that "the department's reputation can't be restored if its chief spokesperson isn't credible."

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