November 1, 2007
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NPR NEWS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
WITH MICHAEL BATTLE,
FORMER DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF U.S. ATTORNEYS

ON NPR NEWS MORNING EDITION
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

AUDIO AVAILABLE FRIDAY MORNING AT WWW.NPR.ORG


November 1, 2007; Washington, D.C. – In his first public comments, Michael Battle, former director of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys at the Department of Justice, speaks with NPR justice correspondent Ari Shapiro on the controversial firings of 7 U.S. attorneys in one day.

Mr. Battle describes how the U.S. Attorneys reacted when he asked for their resignation saying, “The reactions were all different across the board. I’m sure in all cases it was surprise, shock, and what ensued from there was a response anywhere from, “Could you repeat yourself?” or, “Are you sure?” “Is there anyone I can call?” things of that nature. And that’s when it got uncomfortable, frankly. And usually my response in those situations was, “There’s really nothing else that I can talk to you about, but if there’s anything I can help you with, I’d certainly be willing to do so.”

This is Mr. Battle’s first news interview since the firings took place. He reflects on his role in the firings, saying, “I still have lingering feelings about it. These are people I grew up with so to speak, and at the pinnacle of my career, I can’t say that it was anything other than just distasteful.”

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