Report: U.S. attorney hirings politicized

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- An investigation has concluded that the hiring of U.S. attorneys and other career professionals have been unduly affected by White House political influences.

Goodling: U.S. official 'not fully candid'

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- A former Justice Department official told a House committee Wednesday a deputy U.S. attorney general was "not fully candid" in his testimony before Congress.

Many more U.S. attorney firings considered

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- Top U.S. Justice Department officials considered firing dozens of U.S. attorneys, not just the eight who were dismissed, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

Prosecutor's firing linked to death probe

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. attorney whose dismissal is being investigated by Congress was singled out because he differed with superiors on investigating a prosecutor's death.

Gonzales says firings were not political

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the firings of eight U.S. attorneys was "flawed" but there was nothing improper and he would resign if ineffective.

Specter suggests reinstating attorneys

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday that the Justice Department should consider reinstating its eight fired U.S. attorneys to avoid future problems.

Report: Political cover sought in firings

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- The White House planned to fire all 93 U.S. attorneys to provide political cover for firing a smaller group of prosecutors, National Public Radio said Friday.

2nd Gonzales aide quits

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- The aide to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who has invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying before Congress resigned Friday.

Gonzales: Kyle handled the details

BOSTON, March 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Friday he was not involved in the details of the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys.

Aide: Gonzales involved in dismissals

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- A former top aide testified Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was more involved than he has admitted in firing eight U.S. attorneys.

Former Gonzalez aide Sampson will testify

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- D. Kyle Sampson has agreed to testify before Congress about his role in the controversial firing of eight U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration. Sampson, the former chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, said through his lawyer late

Memo tries to justify attorney firings

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Justice Department officials began writing memos this month on why they fired U.S. attorneys last year, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Gonzales apologizes to U.S. attorneys

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has apologized to U.S. attorneys under him and appointed an interim chief of staff as pressure builds for him to resign.

White House backs off Miers claim

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- The Bush administration Friday backed off claims former White House Counsel Harriet Miers was the only backer of a plan to fire all 93 U.S. attorneys. Tony Snow, President Bush's spokesman, said that it is unclear who originated the plan, CNN reported.

Report: Rove wanted to fire U.S. attorneys

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- White House e-mails show that Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's top political adviser, discussed firing all 93 U.S. attorneys, ABC News reported Thursday.
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Kyle Sampson
Kyle Sampson, Attorney General Gonzales' former chief of staff, is sworn in prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the firings of eight U.S. Attorneys, on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 29, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

D. Kyle Sampson (born in Cedar City, Utah) was the Chief of Staff and Counselor of United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. He resigned on March 12, 2007, amid the controversy surrounding the firing of eight United States Attorneys in 2006. In October 2007, Sampson joined the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP as a partner in the firm's food and drug practice, where his practice focuses on FDA regulatory and enforcement matters.

As a young man, Sampson served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints among Hmong refugees who had emigrated from Laos to Minnesota. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1993, Sampson earned a law degree with honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 1996, serving as Articles Editor on the law review. He clerked for Judge Karen J. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then joined the Salt Lake City law firm of Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless.

From 1999 to 2001 Sampson served as Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) on the Senate Judiciary Committee. After the 2000 election, Sampson "drew on a friendship he had built in law school with Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of the vice president, to land a job making personnel decisions in the early days of the Bush administration." Later he worked under Alberto Gonzales as Associate Counsel to the President. From there, he served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and then, in 2003, became Counselor to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft. In 2005, he was promoted to be Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales (who was sworn in as Attorney General on February 14, 2005). Sampson was "a trusted political advisor" to both Ashcroft and Gonzales.

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