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John McKay is going to Washington

To answer some questions on why he was canned:

A House committee is compelling four of at least eight U.S. attorneys ousted from office in recent months to tell their stories under oath, after one prosecutor said he believes he was fired for political reasons.

Democrats on a House Judiciary subcommittee voted 7-0 Thursday to subpoena fired prosecutors Carol Lam of California, David Iglesias of New Mexico, H.E. "Bud" Cummins of Arkansas and John McKay of Seattle. No Republican members of the panel attended Thursday's meeting, which lasted less than five minutes.

The lawmakers said they are troubled that the Bush administration may be punishing prosecutors for being too effective at pursuing political corruption cases.

The House subpoenas are the first issued by the new Democratic-controlled Congress. The U.S. attorneys are scheduled to appear at a Tuesday hearing with other witnesses, including a representative from the Justice Department.

One former US Attorney, though, didn't wait, rather calling his firing a "political fragging":

Outgoing U.S. Attorney David Iglesias has had enough. He is telling supporters that recent U.S. Senate testimony citing his "job performance" and that of other fired U.S. attorneys as the reason for them getting the axe by the Bush administration is way out of line. In an email to a friend, he dubbed his dismissal "a political fragging" that cannot be pinned on his performance.

"I can provide reams of performance stats showing record immigration, narcotics and firearms prosecutions under my administration, not to mention a higher than national conviction rate. Not to mention the biggest political corruption cases in NM history--four indictments, four convictions.

"This is a political fragging, pure and simple. I'm OK with being asked to move on for political reasons, I'm NOT OK with the Department of Justice wrongfully testifying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee that I had performance issues..." So scorched the Gallup native and Santa Fe High graduate.

His reference to a "fragging" is a military term to describe the killing of an unpopular senior officer, typically with a hand grenade. Iglesias served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Naval Reserve and is the military defense attorney portrayed in the early 1990s movie "A Few Good Men."

Seriously, this is the "I want the Truth!" guy. 

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