US Attorney scandal and Ohio in '04
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n. To begin with, the United States Attorneys investigating the case, those for the Northern and Southern Districts for Ohio, both of whom were appointed by President Bush, would be in the untenable position of investigating a leading official of the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign. We now know that Mr. White has very close connections with the Governor’s office and the White House. In fact, recently released records show that Mr. White sought Governor Taft’s help in obtaining the U.S. Attorney position.8 The Governor’s Chief of Staff, Brian Hicks, apparently communicated with Karl Rove, then a counselor to the President, about Mr. White’s interest in the post.9 In an e-mail to Mr. Hicks, Mr. White wrote, “‘I believe that my record speaks for itself, and I doubt there are too many county chairs for the Bush campaign that worked harder.'”10 This is the same Brian Hicks who was convicted along with his executive assistant, Cherie Carroll for accepting gifts from Mr. Noe in violation of state law (both are now lobbyists).11 In assessing this prong of the regulations, the test for appointment of a special counsel does not rest on the prosecutor in question’s perceived reputation or the characterization of his reputation by others, regardless of their political stripe; it is based on whether the conflict of interest exists at all, which is clearly the case in the present instance.