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CHIARA DISMISSED
(2007-03-15)
(wgvu) - THE TOP FEDERAL PROSECUTOR IN WESTERN
MICHIGAN SAYS SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHY SHE'S BEING REPLACED.
MARGARET CHIARA SAYS SHE DID A GOOD JOB AS U-S
ATTORNEY.
SHE ALSO DENIES GIVING PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO A FRIEND WHO
RECEIVED HER OFFICE'S BIGGEST CASH BONUSES.
NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS SHOW CHIARA WAS AMONG THE FIRST OF
EIGHT U-S ATTORNEYS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS TARGETED FOR
DISMISSAL. A HIGH-RANKING OFFICIAL FROM THE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIED
HER AS WEAK PROSECUTOR IN AN E-MAIL TO AN ADVISER TO PRESIDENT
BUSH.
CHIARA SAYS U-S ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES HASN'T GIVEN
HER AN EXPLANATION FOR HER DISMISSAL. HER LAST DAY ON THE JOB IS
FRIDAY.
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