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Fired U.S. attorney gets second chance

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  • Daniel Bogden one of four picks for U.S. attorney posts announced Friday
  • Some top Republicans were uneasy about Bogden's firing
  • Daniel Bogden is an ex-military lawyer and held several prosecutorial jobs
  • Administration has named new heads of about one-fifth of the U.S. attorney offices
From Kevin Bohn
CNN
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One of the nine U.S. attorneys whose firings sparked a political uproar during the Bush administration is getting a second chance at the job.

Daniel Bogden testified about the U.S. attorney firings before the House Judiciary Committee in 2007.

After being pushed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, for several months, President Barack 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 four picks for U.S. attorney posts the White House announced Friday, added, "I look forward to the challenge and great opportunity to again lead" the 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 served as 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 were announced 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. Sen. 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 one-fifth of the U.S. attorney offices.

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