David Iglesias pushes prosecutions

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By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE – The Bush administration leaves office in January and former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias is urging prosecutors to continue investigating senior officials for possible links to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys in 2007.

“The Constitution demands that after these guys are out of office they continue to be investigated,” Iglesias said during a June 9 talk at the Lensic about his new book “In Justice: Inside the Scandal that Rocked the Bush Administration.”

Iglesias mentioned Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., during his talk and the inappropriate calls he received from them prior to the 2006 general election.

Domenici is retiring Dec. 31 because of a brain disease.

“I suspect that disease may have led to his highly improper phone call to me but I also believe that had he not been ensnared in the scandal, he would have found a way to stay in office despite his health concerns,” Iglesias said.

The Senate Ethics Committee officially admonished Domenici for making the improper phone call. Iglesias said time will tell whether Wilson faces formal ethics charges.

Outed CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson, joined Iglesias onstage for a question and answer period following his talk.

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