Well before the current flap over fired U.S. attorneys was making headlines, the interim U.S. attorney for Guam and the Mariana Islands accused the Bush administration of replacing him after he called for an investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to a June 2006 report by the Department of Justice's inspector general.
Frederick Black had served in the position since 1991 and was replaced in May 2003.
The IG's investigation found that Black's allegations were unsupported. "Rather, we found that DOJ and White House officials selected [Leonardo] Rapadas as the nominee for Presidential appointment to the U.S. Attorney's position pursuant to the normal selection process, long before Black raised his allegations against Abramoff," it reads.
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