July 31st, 2009
04:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Fired U.S. Attorney gets second chance

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/31/art.bogden0731.gi.jpg caption="President Obama has nominated Daniel Bogden to be the U.S. Attorney for Nevada."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - One of the nine U.S. Attorneys whose firings sparked a political uproar is getting a second chance at the job. After being pushed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, for several months, President Obama is nominating Daniel Bogden to again hold the post of U.S. Attorney for Nevada.

"I am extremely honored that President Obama has nominated me," Bogden told CNN in an e-mail message. "I sincerely appreciate the opportunity this nomination presents for me to return to public service...so I can again pursue justice on behalf of the citizens of Nevada and the American people.

Bogden, one of 4 picks for U.S. attorney posts the White House announced Friday, said "I look forward to the challenge and great opportunity to again lead" the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"These fine men and women have demonstrated the extensive knowledge of the law and deep commitment to public service Americans deserve from their United States Attorneys," Obama said. "It is with the utmost confidence in their ability and integrity that I nominate them for the weighty task of pursuing justice on behalf of the American people."

Bogden, who originally served as the U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2007, is a former military lawyer and held several prosecutorial jobs before being tapped to head the office.

A few days before the firings in late 2006, then Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty e-mailed he was a little "skittish" about Bogden's firing but did not intervene to take his name off the list.

U.S. Senator John Ensign, R-Nevada, expressed displeasure about the decision to let Bogden go.

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, when pressed after the firings, told the Senate Judiciary Committee in April of 2007 he could not recall a specific reason but said "There were concerns about the level of energy, generally, in a fast-growing district, concerns about his commitment to pursuing obscenity."

"Daniel Bogden was straight as a Nevada highway," is how former Deputy Attorney General James Comey described his former colleague in 2007 after the firing.

The Senate will now consider the nominations of Bogden as well as the others announced Friday– Timothy Heaphy for Virginia; Peter Neronha, for Rhode Island and Deborah Gilg for Nebraska.

The Obama Administration has selected new heads of about a fifth of the U.S. Attorney offices.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    They should all be re-appointed, and Pete Domenici, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney should be indicted for the firing David Iglesias.

    July 31, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. alvino

    Karl Rove is not going to be happy about this. He went to a lot of trouble to violate laws.

    July 31, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Larry

    Nice job Mr. President.

    The firings of these attorneys are something else the corrupt Bush administration and Gonzalez need to be held accountable for.

    July 31, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Buster

    Could someone fire Eric "all you white people are cowards" Holder?

    July 31, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Yep, and the next President should fire him again.

    July 31, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |