July 22, 2014

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Sutton to probe attorney firings

Rep. will join House Judiciary Committee

U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley, will soon be joining the fight between Congress and the White House over the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
Sutton has been named to the powerful House Judiciary Committee, which has been conducting the investigation into whether the prosecutors were fired to make room for loyalists to President Bush.
“It’s clear to me that the prosecutors were not fired for any sort of performance reasons,” Sutton said.
The committee has been locked in a fight with the White House about what documentation it can review and who it can interview. Bush has claimed executive privilege over much of the information sought by committees in both the House and Senate.
“The efforts to stonewall are not becoming to our country and our way of life,” Sutton said.
Sutton, who was a labor attorney before winning election in November, said she’s excited about her new committee, which has a broad range of jurisdiction, including constitutional issues, civil rights and how courts operate.
“I am honored that the speaker has selected me,” she said.
Sutton will leave the House Budget Committee but will continue to work on the Rules Committee.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.