A lack of evidence will bring a halt to any possible criminal charges stemming from the firings of nine U.S. attorneys during the George W. Bush Administration. One of the biggest domestic controversies of the Bush years comes to an end not with the bang of a gavel, but with a whimper. In a letter to the head of the House Judiciary Committee, it was announced that Nora R. Dannehy, an assistant prosecutor from Connecticut who led the investigation, was unable to find the evidence necessary to bring criminal charges over the firings of the nine attorneys.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the investigation did find that former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales made statements to Congress that were "inaccurate and misleading" about the ouster of U.S. Atty. David Iglesias in New Mexico. Ronald Welch, an assistant attorney general, wrote in his letter to John Conyers, (D-Mich.) chair of the Judiciary Committee, that while Gonzales' statements and those of other DOJ officials were misleading, there was "insufficient evidence to establish that persons knowingly made false statements or corruptly endeavored to obstruct justice."